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January 29, 2013

Police: Man was getting high at work

ANDERSON, Ind. — A man who allegedly injected Fentanyl at work also faces charges for possession of marijuana.

Scott Frye, 40, of Anderson, was arrested while working at the S & S Steel plant Monday night after co-workers reported his strange behavior, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Police arrived at the plant in the 400 block of East 29th Street after they received a call from plant managers complaining Frye was acting oddly, like he was under the influence of drugs, according to the affidavit.

According to the report, Frye allegedly entered a bathroom at the plant, put a mixture of vinegar and Fentanyl gel into a syringe and injected himself. A witness told police he saw Frye acting oddly in the bathroom stall, and after Frye left the witness found a syringe in the stall.

Fentanyl, a highly addictive narcotic analgesic, is roughly 100 times more potent than morphine and is used to treat severe pain, most commonly pain associated with cancer treatments.

According to the affidavit, police found Frye “clearly” in a state of intoxication, with red, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and unsteady movements. They searched Frye and found a pouch of the substance in his pockets, according to the affidavit. Frye told police he “fell off the wagon,” and allegedly admitted the workplace drug abuse to the officers.

Police also found several smoked marijuana stubs and a pipe in a tin in Frye’s pocket. Frye told police the items were his, according to the report.

The vinegar Frye used to mix with the Fentanyl was stored in a medicine bottle Frye had in his pockets. The prescription on the bottle was made out to another man for Lyrica, a less potent painkiller. Frye told police he gets Fentanyl from that man, according to the affidavit.

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