Driver dies of drugs overdose
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.