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King's Lynn man died after taking drugs at friend's home, inquest told

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A 35-year-old Lynn man died while staying at a friend's house in May, an inquest has heard.

Carl Page, of Estuary Close, was found unresponsive by friends at St Edmundsbury Road on May 3 before being pronounced dead by a paramedic shortly after 5.30pm.

Today's inquest heard Mr Page had been living with his girlfriend at Sutton Bridge, but stayed at his friend's home after an argument.

Carl Page, 35, died on May 3, 2020 in Lynn
Carl Page, 35, died on May 3, 2020 in Lynn

Mr Page, of no occupation and born in Ely, had a history of drug abuse which caused social anxiety and depression, the court was told.

He was found to be unresponsive on a bed where he had been sleeping on May 3 after consuming alcohol and taking drugs with his friends that morning and the previous day.

A first aider, who lived next door to the property on St Edmundsbury Road, was called to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, before emergency services later attended. The ambulance service called for the police at the scene, and Mr Page was pronounced as dead.

A statement was read out by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust mental health nurse Henry Meedham, who said Mr Page had been remorseful about taking drugs, and had worked on a safety plan, as well as making use of wellbeing services.

Summing up, senior area coroner Jacqueline Lake said: "He had made real efforts to get over drugs in January 2020, and at that point, seemed to be clean."

She went on to say that he had taken drugs while staying at his friend's house, however, and concluded it was a drug-related death after an accidental overdose.

The coroner noted there were discrepancies in the evidence over who first found Mr Page to be unresponsive on the day of his death.

And the family questioned why there had been a 20 minute delay before the ambulance had been called, as well as attempts to move Mr Page from the bed to the floor and downstairs.

The post-mortem report stated Mr Page had died of cocaine and heroin toxicity.

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