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Cleobury Mortimer man's death was drug related

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A man who battled with a heroin problem for more than a decade died from misuse of the drug, an inquest has heard.

Nicholas Robert Woodward, 45, was found dead by his mother Rosamond Woodward on April 9 at a property he rented in Eagle Lane, Cleobury Mortimer, the inquest at Shrewsbury's Guildhall heard yesterday.

Pathology tests found he had died from heroin toxicity.

Mr Woodward's mother read a statement to the the inquest and said her son had confided in her in 1998 that he had a heroin addiction.

She said her son never settled and entered rehabilitation after being involved in a road traffic crash in which the driver of another vehicle lost her life.

Mrs Woodward said her son attended detox programmes but continued to be involved with drugs.

She said her son moved to the property in Cleobury Mortimer in December last year where he started working for a local builder but was laid off in March.

Mrs Woodward said her son was drinking heavily and struggling financially.

She said on April 9 she went to his house and found him dead in his bedroom.

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The inquest heard Mr Woodward had threatened suicide on several occasions in the past but there were no evidence his death was a deliberate act.

Shropshire coroner John Ellery told Mrs Woodward: "It is clear that your son had a deep rooted drug problem.

"There is no evidence that this was suicide."

Mr Ellery concluded Mr Woodward's death was drug related.

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