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Diabetic coma kills drug user
6:00am Wednesday 16th October 2013 in Basingstoke
A TADLEY drug user died on the floor of his friend’s flat after slipping into a diabetic coma.
An inquest heard that Peter Oliver was a regular drug user who had taken heroin and illegal drug M-Cat in the hours prior to his death on Monday, July 15.
However, North East Hampshire coroner Andrew Bradley said the level of drugs found in his body were not fatal and did not play a part in the death of the 29-year-old.
Liam McManus, a long-time friend of Mr Oliver’s, said in a statement read out by Mr Bradley that the pair had attended Basingstoke Live on Saturday, July 13, where Mr Oliver had taken M-Cat and had been drinking and “looked pretty out of it.”
He was told by Mr Oliver, of Crookham Close, Tadley, that he had not slept in three or four days.
He said Mr Oliver was not himself as his wife had been admitted into Basingstoke hospital a few days previously. She had suffered brain damage after taking some of Mr Oliver’s insulin, which he used to control his diabetes.
Mr McManus said that after the music event finished, the pair ended up going back to his flat in Timberlake Court, Timberlake Road, Basingstoke.
The following day, he said, they went into Popley where they met up with their friend Jody Silver before returning to the flat in the evening, where Mr Oliver promptly fell asleep.
Mr McManus said in his statement: “He was in a really deep sleep. I did try waking him up. I chucked water over him.” However, he could not wake his friend and went to bed at around 3am on Monday, July 15.
He said Mr Oliver was snoring when he woke the next morning at around 8am but, when he returned to the flat shortly afterwards after picking up some shopping from his mother downstairs, he found Mr Oliver had died.
His statement read: “I could see Peter looking blue and could see something coming out of his mouth. It looked like blood.”
Mr Bradley said a post-mortem showed he had slipped into a hypoglycaemic coma as a result of not managing his diabetes properly.
Recording a verdict of death due to natural causes, Mr Bradley said: “If his diabetes had been properly controlled, this would not have happened.
“You need a good, regular lifestyle to manage diabetes. If you are a drug addict or an alcoholic and have diabetes it is a fatal combination.”
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