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Drug user died after he injected heroin at his father's house
2:39pm Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
A DRUG abuser who injected heroin into his arm after drinking 30 bottles of alcohol died at his father’s house despite medical attention.
John Meads, of Jubilee Road, Shildon, regularly visited his father’s house on Garbutt Street, in Shildon, where he would inject drugs, an inquest heard.
Coroner Andrew Tweddle, at Crook, heard that on May 8 this year Mr Meads, 25, took drugs but did not wake up.
Detective sergeant Paul Faulkner, of Spennymoor Police, said: “I was called to the house of Mr Meads’ dad, also called John Meads, at 1.50am on May 8.
“Mr Meads senior said his son was a regular visitor to his house and in the past he had injected drugs into his arm in front of him.
“That night Mr Meads had gone to his dad’s house and had told him he had drunk 30 bottles of alcohol.
“He then sat in a chair in the living room and took a syringe from his pocket and then he emptied it into his arm.
“Within a short time he collapsed onto the floor. His father normally put a cushion under his son’s head until he came round.
“This time his son began to make gurgling noises. His father was concerned and he went outside to find someone to call an ambulance.
“A neighbour went in to see if he could help and an ambulance was called but paramedics were unable to revive Mr Meads.”
Mr Tweddle said: “This was not the first time Mr Meads had been involved with drugs and to a certain extent it was a matter of routine.”
The coroner recorded a verdict of death through dependent abuse of drugs.
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