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Cocktail of drugs killed Blackburn man, 40

A 40-YEAR-OLD man died after taking a cocktail of drugs, a coroners court has ruled.

As well as taking heroin and crack cocaine with his brother Damian at their home in Vincent Street, Blackburn, Mr Martindale also had morphine, diazepam, methodone and amytriptyline in his system.

Paramedics were called after Mr Martindale was found collapsed by his father, but they confirmed that he was already dead.

Michael Singleton, coroner for Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley, said the cause of death was multi drug toxicity.

He said: “I am satisfied that it was on October 19, 2013, whilst at his home address that Wayne had taken heroin and crack cocaine in addition to other drugs that had been prescribed for him.

“The effect of those drugs together was to cause cardio respiratory arrest.

“I have heard no evidence that would suggest that this was an intentional attempt to cause him any harm.”

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12:37pm Sat 11 Jan 14

woolywords says...

Whilst many may be secretly saying to themselves, good riddance to another drug user, I take a slightly differing view. Perhaps this is as a result of the 3 people who were in my class at school, all dying from substance abuse in various ways.
I truly hope that our councils will put aside party agendas and come up with a practical and effective way of treating what is after all, a mental illness of dependency - and especially now that the Gov't has placed the ball in their court.
Last year, an article appeared in The Lancet and it makes pretty grim reading, of how we are failing to address this problem properly. I suggest that you read it..
http://tinyurl.com/q
b89g77

Much as we all vilify drug users, am sure that none of us, really want to see someone waste their lives, when it is within our abilities to save them from themselves.
Whilst many may be secretly saying to themselves, good riddance to another drug user, I take a slightly differing view. Perhaps this is as a result of the 3 people who were in my class at school, all dying from substance abuse in various ways. I truly hope that our councils will put aside party agendas and come up with a practical and effective way of treating what is after all, a mental illness of dependency - and especially now that the Gov't has placed the ball in their court. Last year, an article appeared in The Lancet and it makes pretty grim reading, of how we are failing to address this problem properly. I suggest that you read it.. http://tinyurl.com/q b89g77 Much as we all vilify drug users, am sure that none of us, really want to see someone waste their lives, when it is within our abilities to save them from themselves. woolywords
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1:39pm Sat 11 Jan 14

steve18gls says...

Maybe people should be held accountable for their own actions instead of it being someone else's fault all the time. !
Maybe people should be held accountable for their own actions instead of it being someone else's fault all the time. ! steve18gls
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7:19pm Sat 11 Jan 14

noddy57 says...

whatever posesses people to put all that toxic substance in their bodies is beyond me,,no surprise the chap died,,if their life is that bad then maybe they all should do the same,,no time for weakness,,,drug users are selfish and had the choice to do this in the beginning,,some unfortunate people never had that choice it was thrust upon them because of disease etc,,that,s who l feel sorry for,
whatever posesses people to put all that toxic substance in their bodies is beyond me,,no surprise the chap died,,if their life is that bad then maybe they all should do the same,,no time for weakness,,,drug users are selfish and had the choice to do this in the beginning,,some unfortunate people never had that choice it was thrust upon them because of disease etc,,that,s who l feel sorry for, noddy57
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12:51am Mon 13 Jan 14

Lancs Away says...

I am sure nobody forced him into taking drugs, at 40 he really should have known better....plus drugs cost money, no doubt this dude didn't work so just where does the money come from....
I am sure nobody forced him into taking drugs, at 40 he really should have known better....plus drugs cost money, no doubt this dude didn't work so just where does the money come from.... Lancs Away
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