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Death of man found at Castle Acre home was drug-related, inquest concludes


By Lynn News Reporter


A man who died at his West Norfolk home had been taking large amounts of painkillers becuase of teeth problems, an inquest heard.

Ceaulin Jacob Ashby, 44, was found dead at his home in North Street, Castle Acre on December 4 last year.

An inquest held in Lynn on Friday was told he had returned home the previous day and gone straight to his bedroom where he was found lying face down and still fully clothed.

KIng's Lynn Magistrates' Court (10887476)
KIng's Lynn Magistrates' Court (10887476)

In a statement his father, Colin, said: "He had been in a lot of pain with his teeth. I had seen him pour tablets into his hand and take them all with water."

He added that he thought his son might have been seeking help for an issue he hadn't discussed with him.

A post-mortem concluded the primary cause of death was an opiate overdose. Substances including paracetamol and codeine were found in his system, though they were not thought to be in sufficient volumes to cause his death.

Cannabis and morphine were also found, though the inquest heard it was unclear where the morphine had come from, as it had not been prescribed.

Doctors said Mr Ashby had previously been diagnosed with mental health issues, but gave no indication he was about to take his own life.

The court also heard he had contacted his GP surgery 12 times in the year prior to his death, most recently because of pain caused by a dental abscess.

Area coroner Yvonne Blake concluded Mr Ashby's death was drug-related.


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