Sister’s warning after brother died from heroin misuse

SPEAKING OUT Anne Foster. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (1322-06)
SPEAKING OUT Anne Foster. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (1322-06)

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ENOUGH is enough – that’s the message from woman whose brother died from taking drugs.

Anne Foster spoke out after the inquest of David Sharland.

He died from heroin and methadone in his system, an inquest has heard.

Now Anne has spoken out saying lessons must be learned.

She said: ‘It’s about time our society woke up to this epidemic.

‘It’s a scourge that affects you and me directly or indirectly.

‘It’s your problem when you have your home broken into by a drug addict, when you call the police late at night because of drug-fuelled fights and noise.

‘We all, as taxpayers, pay for dole, prison confinement, court, police time, rehab, medication, housing, stealing – the list goes on.

‘I believe that it is time that we do something more, that we urge the government to change its relaxed laws so that David’s death is not another in a long line of faces that have been buried young because of drugs.’

Anne said David was orphaned by the age of 14, had mixed with the wrong crowd and started taking drugs when he went into care.

She said: ‘From a very early age, he was on drugs and got into harder and harder drugs throughout his life as most do and he died with a cocktail of drugs in his system. It was no surprise for me.’

David’s aunt Patricia, 75, from Shedfield, paid tribute to her nephew.

She said: ‘He was a caring and loving boy. He would come and see me and always give me a kiss and a cuddle. I used to give him advice. Maybe if his mum was around things would have been different.’

Anne wanted to warn others of the damaging consequences drug taking has. She said that throughout David’s life, his family and friends had often tried to help him, only to discover he was back on the drugs shortly after.

Anne said: ‘He had a lot of help. It is just that the drugs have such a hold on the person that it is too tough for them to accept the help they are given.

‘David couldn’t get a job and could only make friends with other drug users as they are the only ones who would accept his drug taking. They want the company and they are the only people who will not complain about it but the end results in death and sorrow. That is the life he chose. In one way I am sorry for his death but I know he chose that life, but still I beat myself up over it.’

David, 48, was found dead at his flat on Williams Close, Gosport on Saturday, October 27. Coroner David Horsley ruled that David died due to misuse of drugs.

He said: ‘It is a very sad story.’