Allison says he has addiction to OxyContin

Updated: July 26, 2004, 9:38 AM ET
Associated Press

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 News.

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 OxyContin.

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.

Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press