Garrett Reid had steroids in room when he died

Posted: December 17, 2012

Garrett Reid, the son of Eagles coach Andy Reid and a volunteer on the team's strength and conditioning staff, had 19 vials of steroids in his room at Lehigh University when he died from an overdose Aug. 5, authorities said Monday.

Reid also had 64 needles and 47 syringes in a gym bag in his dorm room, said Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli.

The vials included several types of steroids, including testosterone and other strong chemicals used by bodybuilders, Morganelli said, adding that authorities have been unable to find the source of the steroids or the heroin that killed Reid.

Morganelli said there's no evidence Garret Reid was giving the steroids to anyone else and neither the NFL or the Eagles have contacted his office about the drugs.

The different vials contained testosterone propionate, boldenone undecylenate, nandrolone phenyl propionate and trembolone acetate, Morganelli said.

Andy Reid said in a statement Monday afternoon that he is "confident that my son's decisions did not affect our football team in any way."

“As you all know, my son Garrett battled addiction for many years," Reid said. "While there were some victories along the way, it ultimately was a battle that he lost and that cost him his life. Our family feels the pain of that loss every day. 

“Today’s report saddens me greatly, but only confirms the troubles Garrett encountered in the final years of his life. As parents, we were encouraged by his apparent progress but, like many addicts, he was able to conceal the signs of relapse.

I cannot apologize enough for any adverse appearances that my son's actions may have for an organization and a community that has been nothing but supportive of our family.”

"I cannot apologize enough for any adverse appearances that my son's actions may have for an organization and a community that has been nothing but supportive of our family.”

On Aug. 5, after a 7:20 a.m. 911 call, police found Reid's body on the floor of the dorm room, with a defibrillator nearby. An Eagles team physician had moved the young man from a chair to the floor, where an attempt was made to resuscitate him, Morganelli said.

Shortly after the death, Andy Reid released a statement alluding that drug use likely played a role. Reid said his son "lost the battle that has been ongoing for the last eight years."

In January 2007, after a car accident that injured another person, the eldest of Reid's five children admitted using heroin, then failed drug tests before being sentenced to two to 23 months behind bars. Later that year, he was charged with trying to smuggle prescription drugs into jail, and in May 2009 tested positive after a furlough from a treatment center. That led to a stint in Graterford Prison.

His parents, Andy and Tammy, had him seek treatment at various rehabilitation centers, and to those around the Eagles, Garrett Reid appeared to be winning the battle, so his death at such a young age stunned many.

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