Depression led to one big injection’
A HEROIN overdose killed a man who had been addicted to the drug for more than 35 years and had apparently become so depressed he wanted to end it all with a big injection . Timothy Ellerton died at a house on Barkway, Burwell on March 27. At an inquest
A HEROIN overdose killed a man who had been addicted to the drug for more than 35 years and had apparently become so depressed he "wanted to end it all with a big injection".
Timothy Ellerton died at a house on Barkway, Burwell on March 27.
At an inquest on Friday, a statement from Anthony Hawes, who lived in the house, was read out.
It said that Mr Ellerton, aged 51, from Saxon Street, Newmarket, arrived at his house with a carrier bag full of needles and a £10 bag of heroin.
He took the heroin in the living room and then slumped on to the floor and took a large gasp of air.
Mr Hawes said he shouted to friends to see if he was alright because his face had gone purple and he didn't appear to be breathing.
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"I called for emergency services and tried to give him CPR, but it didn't work.
"He had become so depressed at not being able to find work and for a while he had been saying he wanted to end it all with one big injection."
Pathologist Edward Rytina stated that post mortem results suggested a fatal misuse of heroin.
Coroner William Morris said the cause of death was a heroin overdose and recorded a verdict of death by a dependence on drugs.