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Jenenne Guffey, Darcy Nelson, Noah Nelson, brother to Josh, and John Nelson, father, hold a photo of Josh Nelson who died last month. They wear shirts with the word Loyalty on them because Josh had a tattoo over his heart. Thursday would have been his 22nd birthday. Dave Wallis / The Forum

Family pursues laws that could help prevent overdose deaths

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FARGO – Today would have been Josh Nelson’s 22nd birthday.

Instead, it marks four weeks and three days since the 21-year-old was found unresponsive in the bathroom of a Fargo bar. Nelson was taken to the hospital, where doctors declared dead on July 26.

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Although authorities are still waiting on final autopsy findings, preliminary toxicology reports confirmed what his family immediately suspected: Nelson overdosed on heroin.

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