Drug user found dead by concerned friend

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A DRUG user who was found dead in his Milton home next to a syringe went into a coma after using morphine, a coroner has said.

Lewis Eveleigh, 28, could not be contacted for days before he was found in his Hollam Road home on March 7.

The coroner heard how family members and friends had become concerned when they could not contact Lewis.

A friend climbed a ladder to look into his window. It is not known how long Lewis had been there before he was found.

Police broke into his room and found a syringe in a glass, which was analysed, and morphine was found.

A medical examination was carried out by a pathologist, and traces of cocaine, ketamine and morphine were present in his blood.

PC Sarah Catton from Southsea police station told the court there was evidence Lewis may have been dealing drugs as well as using them.

Coroner David Horsley asked Lewis’s parents, who were at the inquest, if they knew he was taking morphine. They said no.

He concluded: ‘I wonder if it was quite a new thing for him and his tolerance was low.

‘It is a dreadful thing for families and friends to see someone going that way and a very sad waste of a life.’