Exmouth bartender, 34, died accidentally from toxic mix of alcohol and painkillers
PUBLISHED: 11:00 07 August 2015
A coroner has ruled an Exmouth man died accidentally after taking a deadly mix of pills and alcohol.
Bartender Philip Edgar-Moore, 34, who suffered long-term severe stomach pain with pancreatitis, was found dead at his Morton Road flat by a friend on October 18, 2014, after failing to turn up for work.
Exeter and Greater Devon assistant coroner Lydia Brown ruled Mr Edgar-Moore’s death had been accidental, concluding he died from poly-drug toxicity.
Police said blister packets of empty pills were found on the bed and table next to Mr Edgar-Moore’s body.
A post mortem report found levels of alcohol in his blood equivalent to being three times over the drink-drive limit.
The coroner said the mix of drugs and drink was likely to have resulted in ‘fatal toxic results’.
The inquest was told Mr Edgar-Moore suffered from chronic pancreatitis. He regularly took prescription drugs to combat the pain.
In the months leading up to his death, he was considered a suicide risk; he self-harmed by cutting himself.
Mr Edgar-Moore had separated from his civil partner and moved to a flat in what he hoped was a trial separation.
His partner, Andrew, said the relationship split had been prompted by Mr Edgar-Moore’s reliance on pain relief prescription drugs for his illness.
His partner told the coroner, at the time of Mr Adgar-Moore’s death, he had been successfully reducing his pain relief medication of codeine and Tramadol.
The coroner said poly-drug toxicity was usually caused by excessive consumption.
She said death was likely to have occurred because Mr Edgar-Moore’s painkiller reduction meant he was less tolerant to the combination of drug levels in his body.
The coroner said: “I don’t think for one moment he wanted to take his own life. Regrettably, he has just been a victim of a sequence of events. He had some control over them, that’s not to say he could possibly know what the outcome would have been.”
She added: “It was simply an accidental death. It wasn’t planned. It was just one of those things that nobody wanted the consequences and the outcome.”