A RECOVERING drug addict died from an overdose after a long battle with his addiction.
Devoted father Declan Brennan died in hospital after taking heroin and crack cocaine.
Yesterday’s inquest in Huddersfield heard that the former addict had been on the road to recovery, but relapsed just a month before his death as he struggled to cope with a painful illness.
Mr Brennan, 32, was admitted to Ward 8 of Dewsbury District Hospital in July last year, complaining of body pain and weakness. Staff discovered him slumped on his bed days later and their attempts to revive him failed.
Pathologist Dr Beverley Cadman told the hearing that tests showed that the father-of-one had taken both heroine and cocaine.
She added that although the levels of cocaine were low, there are no safe levels of the drug which causes the heart to develop an abnormal rhythm.
She said: “Heroin is a central nervous system repressant, but cocaine works the other way. It can cause the heart to beat erratically and that can produce cardiac arrest.
“His death was due probably to the combination of the cocaine and the heroin.”
The hearing heard in a statement from Mr Brennan’s partner Lisa East that he was a devoted father to their child Tyler, now two, and they had lived together as a family in Granville Street in Dewsbury.
She said: “He was very proud of Tyler, he was a good father to him. He always said how beautiful (he) was.”
Coroner Roger Whittaker said: “His death was due to the combination of cocaine and heroin. He died from a dependant use of drugs.”