‘Off his head’ Nelson drug addict collapsed in street


A coroner has heard how a Nelson man collapsed in the street while walking with his partner and died on the way to hospital.

An inquest at Burnley Coroners’ Court was told Duncan Stuart Cameron (48), of Regent Street, was a user of amphetamine and cannabis.

His ex-partner Alison McCourt told the hearing she had remained good friends with Mr Cameron since they parted.

She said they had been together on the day of his death in August last year.

“He was more off his head than usual. I was walking with him and he appeared to be wobbly and then collapsed. I called for an ambulance straight away,” she said.

Pathologist Dr Walid Salman said a post mortem revealed Mr Cameron had suffered from narrowing of the arteries but this was not significant. He said the cause of his death was drug toxicity.

East Lancashire Coroner Mr Richard Taylor said: “What he took reacted very strongly and I have no doubt he would have had any idea the dose he took would have ended his life.”

He recorded a verdict that Mr Cameron’s death was drug-related.