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Much-loved mum accidentally overdosed on prescribed pain relief medicine - inquest told; The day before she died, Deborah Simms, 45, had been in 'good spirits', happily chatting with her mum.

Byline: Dave Robson

A mum with a known medical history accidentally overdosed on medication prescribed for pain relief, an inquest heard.

The day before she died, Deborah Simms, 45, had been in "good spirits", happily chatting with her mum Carol,TeessideCoroner's Court was told.

They talked about how she was looking forward to Christmas, the presents she would get for her son and how she was looking forward to being a grandma again, with her daughter expecting.

But, tragically, next day, Saturday, September 8, she was found dead in bed at her flat in Burwell Court,Netherfields, Middlesbrough.

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An empty bottle of the painkiller medication was found in the kitchen bin by police, who said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death.

A post mortem revealed that with a body weight of 110kg, she was "morbidly obese" and the levels of the medicine found in her system were "in the range of fatality".

The inquest, held inMiddlesbroughTown Hall, heard the medical cause of death was given as respiratory depression, toxicity from the medication, and obesity.

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Assistant coroner for Teesside and Hartlepool, Jo Wharton, said Deborah was a "much-loved daughter" with a "known medical history" and that there was "no evidence to suggest Deborah intended to take her own life."

She concluded she died as a result of "an overdose of prescribed medication without intending the consequences."

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
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Date:Dec 6, 2018
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