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Verdict on drugs overdose death.

An open verdict has been recorded into the death of a woman who took an overdose of prescribed drugs.

Tracey Todd, 37, of Upper Napier Street, South Bank, was found dead at her home on October 9 last year.

Teesside Coroner's Court heard the divorcee had a history of health problems and had suffered depression and agrophobia following two muggings.

The Gazette reported in February 2001 how she was too frightened to got out alone after suffering an injured cheekbone when she was attacked in the street in South Bank - six years after she had been the victim of a similar attack in Grangetown.

The inquest heard the unemployed catering assistant was admitted to hospital with abdominal and urinary problems at various times last year, with her last admission in October. She was allowed home two days before she died.

Home Office pathologist Dr James Sunter said death was due to mixed drugs poisoning.

Tests showed she had consumed in excess of 50 prescribed tablets, comprising painkillers, antidepressants and sleeping tablets.

Recording an open verdict, Teesside Coroner Michael Sheffield said although she had consumed an "extensive overdose" he was unable to say what her intention had been.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jun 19, 2004
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