A YOUNG woman with a history of drug abuse died from it, a Huddersfield inquest heard.
Mrs Joanna Sykes, 28, of Upper Barker Street, Liversedge, a married mother-of-one, died on January 5 in the intensive care unit at Dewsbury District Hospital.
She had been admitted a month before, complaining of lethargy, confusion and a temperature.
A statement from her husband, Andrew, said she had been using heroin for 12 years and injecting it six.
Mrs Sykes had come off drugs while pregnant with her baby, now aged two, but had started injecting heroin again.
Her condition in hospital remained very poor, then rapidly got worse. She died from failure of the main artery, the aorta.
Coroner Roger Whittaker said Mrs Sykes died because of drug abuse. But there was no evidence of an overdose.
He added: "I accept the balance of probability that, without addiction to drugs, she would not have become infected from intravenous use."
He recorded a verdict that Mrs Sykes died as a result of dependent abuse of drugs.