Drugs mix led to death of Nelson man (36)

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A coroner has heard a Nelson man took several anti-depressant and insomnia drugs for many years.

The body of Damian Andrew Smith (36), of Derby Street, was found in a bedroom at his home on July 23rd this year.

A post mortem examination found traces of the drugs in his blood and the inquest at Burnley Coroners’ Court also heard Mr Smith had been a regular cannabis and morphine user.

The cause of death was given as combined drug use.

Mr Smith was said to have attended clinics run by the East Lancashire Integrated Substance Misuse Service, Inspire, to seek support for his drug dependency for the last 12 years.

He had periods when he seemed to be OK, but there were other times when he was not as well when his methadone intake had been reduced.

East Lancashire Coroner Mr Richard Taylor said there was no evidence Mr Smith had deliberately taken his own life and it seemed he had failed to account for the effects of the reduction of the methadone on the combination of drugs he was taking. Mr Taylor recorded a verdict of accidental death.