Friday, 23 October 2015

Two friends died on the same day after taking a cocktail of prescription and illicit drugs.

Stephen James John, 40, and Dean Walter Boswell, 36, were killed after ingesting a deadly combination of narcotics on March 21.

Coroner Gareth Lewis issued a stark warning following inquests into their drug-related deaths.

The inquest, held in Milford Haven, heard that father-of-three Mr Boswell, of St Teilos Road, Pembroke Dock, had been a keen boxer who had won three Welsh vests after leaving school, and lived at the family home.

The coroner’s officer Jeremy Davies told the hearing that Mr Boswell asked his doctor to change his pills because it was making him aggressive.

Mr Davies said: “He said he was buying it on the street and it was helping him.
“He was taking over the recommended daily dose.”

The inquest heard that the two men saw each other the day before their deaths, and the following morning Mr Boswell’s mother received a telephone call saying that Mr John had died.

She called her son to tell him and found him upstairs after getting no answer.

She called paramedics, who confirmed he had died.

Father-of-two Mr John, of Hamilton Court, was described as being in general good health.

His partner came home to find him slurring his speech the day before his death and described him as “wrecked”.

The next day she woke to find him cold to the touch and dialled 999.

Post mortems carried out on both men by Dr John Murphy found evidence of a combination of opiate and other drugs including cannabis.

The report stated: “Circumstances suggest that death appears to be related to ingestion of a combination of drugs which contribute to depression of the central nervous system.”

Mr Lewis said: “I want to highlight the danger caused by a combination of prescription and illicit drugs, which together enhance the toxicity of the drugs.

“The risks cannot be understated.”

Mr Lewis expressed his sympathies to both families.


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