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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.


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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