Shropshire Star

Inquest hears of Telford drug death

A man who suffered with arthritis and mental health problems died after taking a combination of prescription and recreational drugs, a coroner has concluded.


Brian Paul Taylor, 47, was found dead in his flat in West Road, Wellington, by police officers who had been called after his brother, neighbour and mental health nurse became concerned when they could not get in touch with him.

At today's inquest in Wellington, Shropshire coroner John Ellery concluded that Mr Taylor's death was as a result of misadventure.

He said there was no evidence to suggest that Mr Taylor had intended to kill himself.

The inquest heard that toxicology tests showed therapeutic doses of temazepam, fluoxetine, methodone and morphine in Mr Taylor's blood, as well as cannabis.

There was no trace of alcohol in his system.

Mr Ellery said it was not known for sure when Mr Taylor died. He had seen his brother Neil the weekend before his death but had then missed an appointment with his mental health nurse Liz Jukes three days before he was discovered on November 15 2013.

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