A TREE surgeon was found dead after taking tramadol, an inquest heard.
Edward Parrett, 26, was discovered in his flat in High Street, Fareham, by his stepfather Michael Daw on April 3.
Coroner David Horsley ruled out suicide after hearing Mr Parrett had not previously attempted to take his life.
His mother Nicola Parrett had spoken to her son on the Wednesday before, when he said he was enjoying his job.
He was taking the painkiller after breaking his hip two years ago in a skateboarding accident. The amount found in his blood was 12 times the level associated with fatal doses.
Mr Daw said he was a ‘free spirit’ but struggled with his Type 1 diabetes.
He said: ‘We thought he was on the right path, a long way to go maybe but on the right path.’
Speaking at Portsmouth Coroner’s Court, Mr Horsley said: ‘He has died a drug-related death. It may well be that it’s over-medication, there may be some other reason.’
Mr Parrett studied politics at university in London, where he was expected to get a first class degree, but returned home.