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MIT responds to Anderson death

Chancellor Eric Grimson PhD ’80 said that MIT will address “educational issues of health and safety on our campus” in light of Brian G. Anderson ’13’s death by opiate overdose.

“This tragic death reinforces the very serious danger that drugs may pose to the well-being of our community of our community and its members. We want to ensure that all members of our community are aware of the resources we make available to anyone who seeks help or guidance around issues of wellness and safety,” Grimson said in a statement through the MIT News Office.

The MIT Police are continuing to investigate Anderson’s death, though it is not clear how long the process will take, according to Captain Al F. Pierce Jr.

Additionally, because of incomplete information provided by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, an article on Friday, March 23 about the death of Brian G. Anderson omitted information. According to the revised death certificate, Anderson’s death was a result of both “acute and chronic substance abuse,” which refers to short-term and long-term drug abuse, respectively.

“We also want to ensure that our community understands the dangers drugs pose not only to individual well-being but also to the social environment of the entire community,” added Grimson.

—Ethan A. Solomon