Inquest rules St Albans man’s death was drug-related

Hatfield Coroner's Court

Hatfield Coroner's Court - Credit: Archant

An Asperger’s sufferer from St Albans died after overdosing on a drug designed to help with pain and breathing problems.

Brendan Rogers, 39, died after spending the night at a friends house on August 17, 2015, an inquest heard last Wednesday.

Mr Rogers, of Robert Avenue, St Albans, had been to visit his friend in Hemel Hempstead the day before when he began to feel drowsy.

The former computer engineer was instructed to stay over and sleep after taking dihydrocodeine pills.

Mr Rogers was then told to stay out of the way for the evening as the owner of the house had family visiting.

Later, Mr Rogers’ friend found him in a chair in the summerhouse. He asked repeatedly for a cigarette and his breathing remained normal.

After being regularly checked upon, Mr Rogers was provided with a duvet and then went to bed.

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The next morning he was found slumped on the sofa, unresponsive, and paramedics confirmed that he had died at 11.45am.

Mr Rogers was known to drug and alcohol service Spectrum and Community Mental Health but neither felt he needed any further treatment following assessment.

Herts Senior Coroner Geoffrey Sullivan recorded a verdict of drug-related death.

He said: “There is no evidence to suggest that Mr Rogers did a deliberate act or wanted to end his life.”