A Different Kind of Drug Abuse Death
Posted by Childress on July 15, 2006
Most of the drug deaths I write about deal with deaths that come quite quickly as a result of bad reactions or overdoses. Here’s one that’s very different, from the Scunthorpe (England, I suppose) Evening Telegraph:
A long-term drug user died of acute bronchitis and drug abuse, an inquest heard yesterday.Marie Ann Clay (33), of Digby Street, Scunthorpe, was pronounced dead at the flat which she was sharing with her partner and a friend on January 12, this year.
The mother-of-four was discovered by her partner Jonathan Owen Kirk.
Deputy coroner Andrew Pascoe heard Mr Kirk saw Miss Clay asleep in the bedroom on a number of occasions during that day. She lay on the floor snoring but he said he left her because she was too heavy to lift onto the bed.
But he went to check on her later that day and discovered she was cold and called an ambulance.
In a statement read out in court, Mr Kirk explained Marie had a history of drug taking over a number of years. Her habit had included ecstasy, crack cocaine and heroin abuse. …
Pathologist Dr William Peters said Miss Clay’s drug history and the post mortem report found she had died of ‘respiratory trapped infection possibly from the debilitating affects of drug use’. …
He said: “The post mortem report confirmed Marie Clay died of acute bronchitis and that with drug abuse caused her death.”
As I read this, I think it must have happened to someone much older than 33. But excessive drug use can break down a body quickly. Not everyone is Keith Richards.