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University President warns about heroin

Rochester, N.Y. - It's not yet clear what caused the death of first-year University of Rochester student Juliett Richard, but the University President held a news conference Friday with hopes of stopping speculation about the student's death, while at the same time addressing the issue of drugs, heroin in particular.

"These are drugs that can kill, if you're on them please get help," said Joel Seligman, President of the University of Rochester. "If even a single student is using a drug that could potentially harm him or her, we want to know about it." 

There had been some speculation about drugs possibly being a factor in the death of Richard, but the medical examiner's office has yet to officially announce a cause of death.

Richard was found dead in her dorm room March 29.

On Friday, the University President emailed the entire student body, asking them not to speculate on the cause of Richard's death, while at the same time acknowledging the problem of heroin on college campuses.

"I want to make a special plea to the students, faculty, staff and others in our community with regard to heroin," he wrote in an email. "In too many cases, heroin has been adulterated in unpredictable ways whose baneful effects the user cannot anticipate... Please get help."

In a phone interview with 13WHAM News, the father of the Richard said that he too, was waiting for the official cause of death, while at the same showing appreciation for the recent vigil held in his daughter's memory.

 
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