Man, 49, found dead by mother on living room floor had taken anti-depressants and alcohol cocktail, inquest told — (Camden New Journal)

SSRI Ed note: Man on antidepressants drinks, dies, coroner decides the death is accidental.

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Camden New Journal

Published: 17 May, 2012


A MOTHER found her son lying dead on the living room floor after taking a mix of anti-depressants and alcohol, a coroner’s inquest heard.

William John Marchant, 49, who died at his house in Haverstock Road, Kentish Town, had been complaining about feeling unwell and told his mother he was going to lie down.

When she realised he had not got back up she phoned the police.

Officers discovered no drugs or anything suspicious at the scene but found “a lot of cigarettes and cigarette stubs”, St Pancras Coroner’s Court was told on Monday.

A post-mortem report read to the court said Mr Marchant had a blood alcohol level several times above the drink-driving limit.

The court heard the level of anti-depressants in Mr Marchant’s blood was below the level of an excessive one-off consumption but may have acted in combination with alcohol to cause his death.

Both drugs affect the central nervous system – in the brain and spine – and may have made the anti-depressants more toxic, the report said.

Selena Lynch, assistant deputy coroner, recorded a verdict of accidental death.

She said: “Taking everything into account it’s clear that this gentlemen suffered what I would regard as an accidental death.

“He suffered from poor health and he took his prescription medication with alcohol and all this lead to his unintentional demise.”