An internal memo to Industrial Home Superintendent Joe Merendino does not specifically mention the resident's letter about Hill and trazodone but states that the resident's medical record was reviewed to see if he had ever been prescribed the medication.
"After such review it was found that this resident has never been on this medication while at WVIHY," the memo states.
It makes no mention of why the resident's medical record was reviewed to see if he was ever prescribed trazodone.
A list of psychiatric medications Hill was on in the days prior to his death was also provided to the Gazette by the Industrial Home employee. According to the document, Hill was prescribed and took 75 milligrams of trazodone each day the week before he died.
The toxicology report from the state Medical Examiner's Office doesn't list trazodone as being in his blood.
At least a trace amount of the drug would be found in Hill's blood if he took the medication as prescribed or in a larger dose -- provided the medical examiner's office tested for it, said Dr. Yale Caplan, a consulting toxicologist and the former chief toxicologist for the state of Maryland.
Canterbury said the court just wants to get more information.
"Of all places, it is not the judiciary's habit to prejudge -- all evidence, all information, all points of view will be clearly weighed before any conclusions are reached and if necessary judgments are made," he said.
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