Driver dies of drugs over­dose

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

A su­per­mar­ket delivery driver died af­ter a drugs over­dose, an in­quest was told.

Wayne Archer, 46, died in May this year af­ter suf­fer­ing a seizure at his home in South Ash­ford.

At the in­quest held at the Arch­bishop’s Palace in Maid­stone on Tues­day, as­sis­tant coro­ner Katrina Hep­burn read out ev­i­dence from post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tions.

Ev­i­dence sug­gested he had high lev­els of both pre­scribed drugs and painkillers in his sys­tem, which was the most likely cause of his death.

Mr Archer had suf­fered from bipo­lar dis­or­der and anx­i­ety and had pre­vi­ously been treated for his men­tal health at St Martin’s Hos­pi­tal in Can­ter­bury.

He had also been bat­tling al­co­holism but had been dry for sev­eral months in the run-up to his death, the hear­ing was told.

He also had is­sues re­lated to obe­sity and doc­tors found he had an en­larged heart and thick­ened ar­ter­ies, which meant he was un­able to cope with the high lev­els of the drugs in his sys­tem.

The coro­ner ruled out the pos­si­bil­ity of Mr Archer tak­ing his own life and recorded a ver­dict of drug-re­lated death.

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