Dependence on drugs killed King’s Lynn man

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A man with a long history of addiction died from his dependence on drugs, an inquest concluded yesterday.

Paulo Da Silva, 50, of Hillington Square, Lynn, was found dead at his home on September 27, 2013.

Senior coroner Jacqueline Lake heard a statement from Mr Da Silva’s former partner Isabel Gouveia who said she had discovered Mr Da Silva’s body in his bed.

Ms Gouveia said that although Mr Da Silva had a history of taking heroin, she didn’t think he was using it leading up to his death.

PC Stephen Carter was called to the flat where he found no suspicious circumstances and no suggestion of any third party involvement.

In a report Mr Da Silva’s GP said his regular attendance at Southgates surgery to collect methadone had become erratic, and he had dropped out of a drug treatment course in July.

A post mortem detected high levels of morphine, and toxicology tests indicated opium had been consumed prior to death.

Mrs Lake concluded that Mr Da Silva died from dependence on drugs.