Suspected Heroin Death Is Second In Cortlandt This Week

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Cortlandt State Police and Buchanan police are both investigating deaths linked to heroin.
Cortlandt State Police and Buchanan police are both investigating deaths linked to heroin. Photo Credit: File Photo

CORTLANDT, N.Y. -- Two deaths that occurred within a span of six days this week in Cortlandt have been linked to heroin.

Tyler Seger, 20, was found unresponsive in his Cortlandt home on Thursday afternoon, according to Trooper Melissa McMorris of the New York State Police.

Paramedics took him to Hudson Valley Hospital Center where he was pronounced dead.

According to, Seger may have died of a heroin overdose though McMorris said State Police would not comment until receiving the toxicology report which could take several weeks.

On Sunday at 7:21 p.m., Buchanan police responded to the residence of 23-year-old Thomas Coogan, after a 911 call of a possible overdose and an unresponsive male, Police Chief Brian Tubbs said.

CPR was administered, but Coogan died at Hudson Valley Hospital. While police are awaiting toxicology results. Tubbs suspected heroin as the cause.

"Heroin is cheap and it seems to be available," Tubbs said. "Unfortunately there seems to be a lot more young people using heroin."

Tubbs said police monitor what goes on in the village and investigate reports.

"We do everything we can," Tubbs said.

Tubbs said the police often work with county police to coordinate investigations as heroin often impacts multiple communities.

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Who said life is easy? Nothing is given to you. Life is what you make of it and hard you try to do whatever career you choose. You are saying drugs is the answer? That is a crock and a copout. You get out of your life what you put into it, not what is handed to you.

I think you need just as many reasons to escape by use of a substance as you do to never use. Can this community -- actually this country -- really handle the truth about how difficult we've made life (all of us, collectively, from Main Street to the halls of Congress). I say, no, we cannot. Where are the opportunities for kids and adults anymore? Barring any notion of ''not trying hard enough'' to secure that almighty MBA or job, whatever; who defines what ''hard enough'' is? Especially when even those who do jump higher than anything imaginable -- still cannot get ahead in this contracting job market. We are all pretty much on our own, if you ask me. Quite a burden, when one sees no future or way out of the misery he lives day to day. I feel very bad for these young folks that they need to find an escape, and yet at the same time I have absolutely nothing to say to encourage them and give them hope, because struggling to survive in this nation today is only growing more difficult.

Some real concerns, agreed. Life can be difficult but make no mistake, we have always been 'on our own' and each generation has it's own challenges. The only person responsible for your behavior, your success, your failure and what you do with your life is you. Life has always involved struggle. My father grew up during the depression in a family of 11 with an alcoholic father who abandoned them. Drinking or drugs - not in his reality. He did what he could to improve himself, went into the military, became a navy pilot, did the best that he could given what life handed him. Had a good life, but some difficult times too. There have always been drugs around. Have you forgotten the 60s, 70s - decades notorious for drug use and ODs. People were always trying to 'escape'. Then there was the 80s - I saw many friends OD on speed, heroin, you name it. I never did drugs though I had the same meager origins as they did. These kids start out using drugs for recreation. Then they're hooked. Competing for an MBA - was that ever one of their concerns? Doubtful. This is incredibly sad and a real concern in this area. For the families of these young people it is devastating. But this is not NEW news. This should be the basis for an ongoing conversation at home to educate and stay on top of what our children are doing. And I completely agree with you - you have nothing absolutely nothing positive to say and nothing to encourage anyone.

wave, I agree that as long as there are ways to escape, some people will participate. But I also caution the use of history to apply to current trends. First, we were not always on our own. Those I knew, all of whom are gone now, tell me about the Great Depression -- they helped each other, no one was alone. The typical ''middle class'' suffered through it ''together.'' They shared food and resources, they knew who was in need a job and rallied for them and ''got them in.'' Making $30 to $80 a week still afforded a house and basic necessities. This applied to my parent's gen years later as well when my dad and all of his buddies were never out of work. If someone needed a job, a buddy got him in (during 60s/70s) when $200 a week afforded a house/car/food and fairly decent life. How do these young folks today expect to afford the basic necessities in Westchester with just an average prop. tax bill of $10K? Mine is actually $11K for a 2bd shack, meaning $211 per week vanishes just for a tax, not including the highest healthcare fees in the world, income taxes or any living expenses. And the opportunity for survival falls on a Costco or BJs job that pays $10 an hour -- with that MBA -- that is the future in our community, unless things start to change and dramatically. Prepare you kids for the worst, that is what I'm saying and if the worst doesn't happen, well, they'll grow up knowing they were very lucky to have beat the odds. Hopefully, they'll be strong enough to never need an escape.

Sad to think that's how you feel. I hope that others don't feel the same or else we as a nation will not survive. Having children myself I do not agree with you at all and think there is much I can say to encourage my children to continue to succeed and hope. Not suggesting it's easy but hard work is not intended to be easy.

fedupinny, I don't think encouraging children is enough anymore. Prepare them... for competing against 100+ better candidates for every single job, whether its taking out trash or managing a server farm at IBM; and prepare them for corp. layoff at age 40, IBM will do that, just when they thought they began to survive, and prep them for competing with 1,000+ better candidates as they no longer have a paycheck. Prep them for figuring out how to make ends meet in Westchester on $8 an hour as their prop tax requires $30 an hour. This isn't about easy or hard -- its about surviving and, no, I no longer have hope that this nation can survive if fewer of us can. No one has ever helped me, so, what makes you think anyone will help your kids when they grow old and you no longer can? Simple form, this type of pressure and lack of opportunities all contribute to folks trying to seek escape. Just my 2cents.

Angel125 - you are so right. The schools and police didn't conceive these kids. The education MUST start at home. Schools and police have only so much money to do an awful lot these days. They are doing as much as they can with their funds and must not give up.

It's not isolated to this area. Drug addiction is a "human" problem, part of the human condition. The world we live in is a sad and painful place and drugs offer a temporary respite from pain. I don't know what the answer is and I don't pretend too. It's extremely insensitive and judgmental to blame the parents. Of course these kids need to be educated on the perils of drug and alcohol use but sadly much of parenting involves letting your kids figure these things out on their own. These "kids" were in their 20s and I'm sure they knew very well what they were doing.

A parents job doesn't end in my view when their children become adults. As parents we should continue to be there to reinforce the perils of what's out there and the good there is too, support and encourage our children (young or older), love and praise them, help them through our own experiences.

We all need to do more. Schools need to spend their time and money on more than just "the core" and football. Parents need to know that your actions speak loudly- it is ok to hold keg parties in your house-as long as the kids sleep over-WELL IT IS NOT OK. It's not ok to get smashed in front of your children. We need to talk more with our children and show them by example that there is a better way of life-better then taking the easy or quick way.

If you read the daily voice all the time have you noticed how many DUI's are out there ? How can our kids keep away from drugs when the parents are so busy drinking themselves into oblivion ? We need more than educators and police doing there job we need parents to dump their " refreshment " down the sink. Don't hate, just my opinion.

The schools and police can only do so much. This starts at home for sure. If parents have strong guidelines, ethics, and yes, even religion, this usually shouldn't happen.

Drug addiction crosses all boundries.It doesnt discriminate.A bad decision on one day,can become an addiction the next.I thinks its insulting to the parents of these deceased young men to think that they didnt do enough.Once a child turns 18 theres not much that can be done unless that child WANTS help.If the child is lucky enough to get to that point in there addiction where they want help,its a lifelong process.My heart goes out to these recent good families that lost their children.

Totally agree. It's such an addictive drug. I'm also not suggesting that it's all on the schools and the police. We all have to come together across this nation and figure it out as this is an epidemic in this country not just in this area.

Agreed. And unfortunately even when they want help its difficult to shake the grip of these terribly addictive drugs. That's why it's so important for parents, educators and law enforcement to work together to educate kids and enlist their aid to find and stop these predatory drug dealers

Towns? Schools? How about the parents?

What about parents? Are you one?

By the way, if you have the answer please give it to me....

It is obvious that educators and law enforcement are not doing enough. What are we doing to our children that they are so lost and unhappy that they would turn to drugs? There is nothing for them here. They are bored and disconnected and lost. Parents and educators and law enforcement need to step up and work to reach out and talk to our kids. It's heartbreaking and such a terrible loss. These are good kids that made a terrible mistake and it's such a waste.

What is the town, schools and state police doing to try to educate our children as well as combat this epidemic that seems to be out of control. Wonder why we don't hear anything from our State and Federal governments. Cannot believe this is isolated to this area.