Addict for 45 years dies from overdose

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A man from Sudbury who was addicted to drugs for 45 years died from an overdose, an inquest has concluded.

The body of Peter Wright, 62, was found at his home in Jameson Place, Sudbury, on March 30.

An inquest in Bury St Edmunds heard on Monday how a post-mortem examination showed that Mr Wright had died as a result of methadone and opiate toxicity.

Deputy Suffolk Coroner Dr Daniel Sharpstone said a police report into the death of Mr Wright revealed that he had been using drugs for the past 45 years.

Mr Wright had started using heroin in the 1970s and had a long history of anxiety and depression.

The inquest heard that Mr Wright had been prescribed the heroin substitute methadone and had developed a dependency to it.

Tests conducted following his death showed that Mr Wright had more than double the level of methadone in his body which would normally be considered to be fatal.

Dr Sharpstone recorded a conclusion that Mr Wright died as a result of fatal opiate toxicity.