Man, 22, found dead in bed in Bamber Bridge had taken drugs

An inquest recorded a verdict of misadventure on a 22-year-old man who was found dead in bed in Bamber Bridge.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 7:00 am
Updated Thursday, 4th March 2021, 7:19 am

Paul Anthony Woods had been living at the Purple Roomz, Lostock Lane, Bamber Bridge, for just over a month.

He died on October 18, last year, as a result of taking a quantity of drugs, the inquest heard.

Mr Woods appeared to have bought some drugs the day before.

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Preston Coroner's Court

The inquest was told he went into the bathroom at 11pm where he apparently took the drugs and was discovered the following morning by his partner who had got up and noticed he was unresponsive

Toxicology tests revealed evidence of heroin and cocaine in his system.

The inquest heard that Mr Woods had recently been released from prison.

He told his mother he he had been off drugs and 'didn't want to go back to that life'.

However she said there were still concerns over his mental health.

Police evidence at the inquest said there was evidence of drug taking in Mr Woods' room when he was found.

His partner revealed to police he had gone to Preston and bought drugs.

Coroner Richard Taylor said: "What has happened in my view is he has taken drugs he could no longer tolerate and has aspirated."

He added that Mr Woods had died "after having ingested an excess of drugs".