Man took overdose of pills by accident

THE death of a recovering alcoholic who took an overdose of antidepressants was an accident, an inquest heard.

Worried relatives who rushed to Rodney Harrop's home after he missed a scheduled meeting at Gosport War Memorial Hospital found him lying dead on his bed.

The 52-year-old, from Albany Court, Lavinia Road, Gosport, had started drinking excessively at the age of 17, and at one point drank a bottle of spirits a day.

However, he had recently undergone a successful detox programme.

A post-mortem examination revealed Mr Harrop, who died on May 19, had taken four times the fatal amount of antidepressant Citalopram.

No alcohol was found in his bloodstream.

His estranged wife Sheila told the inquest she believed he was over depression.

'I don't think he was in a place where he wanted to take his own life,' she said.

'He was depressed maybe a year previously, and had attempted it. But I think he actually had a girlfriend and was looking to move on.'

Deputy coroner for Portsmouth and south-east Hampshire Robert Stone recorded a verdict of accidental death.

He said: 'He was on prescription drugs and he had been taking other drugs, but it is the prescription drugs which caused his death. I don't for one moment think he intended this.'