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Police: Man injures overdosed friend

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett police have charged a Norcross man with reckless conduct for injuring his overdosed friend in a bizarre attempt to revive him, police said.

James Mann, 20, is accused of forcing ice cubes into the rectum of a 20-year-old friend who had overdosed on the prescription drug OxyContin at a Saturday night party near Norcross, authorities said.

Emergency responders, who found the alleged victim unconscious at a Walden Trace home, told police the ice cubes caused serious bleeding. He was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center in Duluth for treatment.

Witnesses told police that, when attempts to wake the man had proved futile, Mann fetched the ice cubes. Mann told an officer he’d heard the method would help, according to a police report.

Heavy-eyed Mann told a responding office he’d taken 160 milligrams of OxyContin — twice the recommended dosage for most opioid-tolerant patients — and the victim took 120 milligrams, in addition to drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana, the report says.

The officer determined Mann “displayed a gross deviation of standard care” and advised him to show up at a police precinct Sunday because he was being charged. Mann showed and was arrested without incident, the report says.

He was released from the Gwinnett County Jail on the misdemeanor charge Monday.