Al­co­holic died af­ter over­dos­ing on tablets pre­scribed for back pain

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A MAN who strug­gled with al­co­holism died af­ter ac­ci­den­tally over­dos­ing on tablets for back pain, an in­quest heard.

Colin Knowles, 40, was found dead by a neigh­bour at his home on Athey Street, Mac­cles­field, af­ter tak­ing more than the pre­scribed amount of the tablets, a hear­ing at Mac­cles­field Town Hall was told.

The in­quest, on April 5, heard how Mr Knowles would drink 12 cans of lager or a bot­tle of vodka daily, and had been known to take a large num­ber of strong painkillers a day.

Speak­ing at the in­quest, neigh­bour Sa­muel Mor­gan said: “On the Mon­day I knocked on his door four times but there was no an­swer.

“The key was in his let­ter­box so I opened the door. Then I found him in his bed­room and rang 999.”

In a re­port read out at the hear­ing, para­medic Ste­wart Blun­stone said he found Mr Knowles was dead when he re­sponded to an emer­gency call at around 3.30pm.

PC Nick Wil­liams, who also at­tended, said: “My­self and the para­medic en­tered the flat, which was rel­a­tively tidy with no sign of dis­tur­bance.

“I found two cans of Car­ling lager in the kitchen.”

In a re­port read out at the hear­ing, De­tec­tive Sergeant Paul Bas­ford said there are no sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances.

Dr Rosie Old­ham, Mr Knowles’ GP, said she pre­scribed a dose of tablets, but Mr Knowles’ friend Lewis Hib­bert told the court he would take more than the max­i­mum dose.

He said: “His tol­er­ance was out of this world.”

Dr Janet El­iz­a­beth Napier, se­nior coro­ner for Cheshire, con­cluded that Mr Knowles died on Oc­to­ber 19, 2015, due to over­dos­ing on the tablets.

Record­ing a ver­dict of ac­ci­den­tal death, she said: “It is ex­tremely sad.

“I think he was a very ca­pa­ble gen­tle­man with a ter­ri­ble start in life and then he got mixed up with drugs and had men­tal health is­sues and ob­ses­sive com­pul­sive dis­or­der.

“He did a good job get­ting off il­licit drugs but re­placed them with al­co­hol.”

She said that tak­ing the num­ber of tablets he had been was ‘ex­tremely dan­ger­ous’ adding: “It re­ally is sur­pris­ing we weren’t here ear­lier.”

Speak­ing af­ter the in­quest, Colin’s brother Richard Knowles, said: “It was just a tragic ac­ci­dent.

“He lived at 100 miles an hour and dodged a thou­sand bul­lets.”

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