Coroner rules former drug-treatment executive died of drug overdose

Staff report


The Trumbull County coroner has ruled the death of Thomas Dailey, former drug-treatment executive, to be the result of an accidental drug overdose.

Toxicology results received by the coroner indicated the presence of heroin, fentanyl and cocaine in Dailey’s system.

Dailey, 46, was most recently from the Columbus area. He helped start Warren’s first drug-detoxification center, First Step Recovery, in 2015. The facility said he left First Step several months later.

His LinkedIn page on the internet indicated he was executive director and co-owner of Braking Point Recovery Center of Central Ohio.

But Dailey also participated in the Trumbull Drug Court program at the county courthouse starting in 2015 after being indicted in 2014 on charges of theft and misuse of credit cards. He completed drug court in September 2016, and his charges were dismissed.

Drug court allows a person facing a felony charge related to a substance-abuse problem to participate in weekly counseling sessions.

Dailey was found dead July 8 in the Econo Lodge on Youngstown Road by cleaning personnel.

Police said there were no obvious indications of what killed him because he was not under a doctor’s care, and there were no signs of trauma or drug use.

The Dailey family provided a statement in July through Atty. Brendan Keating, saying the family was “shocked and saddened by Tom’s unexpected death and ask [that] our need for peace and privacy be respected at this time, as well as Tom’s own dignity as a child of God.”

The statement continues, “Tom’s overwhelming legacy was of helping others, and we’ve been hearing from so many people, friends and strangers alike, about how he touched their lives, often as they shared their struggles with the scourge of addiction together. That positive legacy is our focus right now.”

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