PEABODY, Mass. -- The Florida Marlins' top 2003 draft pick, Jeff Allison,
spent three days last week in a hospital because of a heroin overdose,
according to police.
Allison was hospitalized after he and a friend split a bag of
heroin on July 17, Lynn police Lt. John Scannell told The Salem
The friend, Jimmy Leontakianakos, told police that he passed out
in a car in Lynn and when he woke up, he noticed
that Allison was having trouble breathing. He said he drove Allison
to Union Hospital in Lynn.
Police Lt. Tom Reddy on Sunday confirmed to The Associated Press that Allison had been hospitalized for a heroin overdose and
released. But he said he had no further details.
The Marlins picked Allison 16th
overall after a standout career at Peabody High School, where he
went 8-0 and didn't allow an earned run in 63 1/3 innings during
his senior season. He signed for a $1.85 million bonus.
In May, he left the Marlins' minor league training camp without
permission for undisclosed reasons less than a month after
reporting late. The team placed him on the restricted list, meaning
he's inactive and not being paid. He later acknowledged to
Boston-area media that he had a problem with the painkiller
Scannell said police found out about Allison's overdose because
they were at Union Hospital on another matter when he was brought
in. Allison has not been charged, but police were investigating.