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Paragraph 11 reads: “A post-mortem examination also
found a mixture of other painkillers and anti-depressants
in therapeutic rather than fatal amounts, but they could have worked
to enhance the effect of the pills.”
Grieving nurse had spoken of suicide
A nurse who was found dead on her sofa had taken an overdose of her
daughter’s painkillers, an inquest heard.
Lindsay Davies, 50, was
discovered by her 22-year-old daughter at the family home in Southcote on August
She had just finished a 10-day stint of night shifts at the Duchess
of Kent House in West Reading and the inquest heard it was thought she decided
to have a few drinks and fall asleep on the sofa.
Her husband Ian, known
as Terry, woke to the sound of her falling off the sofa at 2am and went
downstairs to pick her up and put her back on the settee at their home in
Giving evidence at the inquest on Tuesday, Mr Davies
said that he had left for work at around 6.30am and his wife was still snoring
soundly on the sofa. He said: “She had just finished night shifts and was
exhausted. It was not unusual for her to have a few drinks and relax when she
knew she didn’t have to go to work the next day.
“She had mentioned a few
things about taking her life but it was soon after her mother died and I just
thought it was normal to talk like that. I didn’t think she would actually do
anything, especially not where her family would find her.”
who had a history of depression, had discussed taking her life with her daughter
but had said she would walk into the sea until she drowned and take her beloved
dog Charlie with her.
Her husband found a number of empty pill packets in
the house and some food bags of ham that had been laced with pills. But the dog,
who had been sleeping next to her, showed no signs of
Berkshire coroner Peter Bedford said that Mrs Davies had pills
in her stomach containing a painkiller that was prescribed to her daughter who
also suffered depression.
The pills were a potentially fatal
A post-mortem examination also found a mixture of other painkillers
and anti-depressants in therapeutic rather than fatal amounts, but they could
have worked to enhance the effect of the pills.
Recording an open
verdict, Mr Bedford said: “There is not enough evidence to allow me to reach a
“There is no suicide note, there is only one drug that
she overdosed in her body when you expect someone to try and take all the pills
you could get your hands on, and the fact she had said she would not do it at
home where her daughter would find her.
“There is doubt for me
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Paragraph nine reads: “By this time she was also
taking Prozac and diazepam and had been given
several referrals for alcohol treatment programmes.”
Note: The Physicians Desk Reference states that antidepressants can cause a craving for alcohol and
alcohol abuse. Also, the liver cannot
metabolize the antidepressant and the alcohol simultaneously, thus leading
to higher levels of both alcohol and the antidepressant in the human
Brighton mum who set herself on fire was depressed after redundancy,
2:33pm Thursday 19th November 2009
A Brighton mother-of-two committed suicide by dousing herself in barbecue lighter
fluid and setting it alight after battling with a chronic alcohol problem and
depression since being made redundant, an inquest heard today.
Birgit Bartlett’s body was found by her daughter in the garden of her home in
Hollingbury Crescent on August 8.
An inquest at Brighton County Court
heard the 51-year-old died of suffocation after inhaling the flames which
enveloped her body.
Pathologist Mark Taylor, who carried out a
post-mortem examination, said she had an acute thermal injury to her windpipe
and believed she would have died “rapidly”.
Mr Taylor said she had low
levels of alcohol in her blood, equal to having consumed around four units, but
added that he found excess fat around her liver, “in keeping with her history of
chronic alcohol abuse,” although this did not contribute to her death.
Mrs Bartlett’s husband, Michael, said his wife began drinking heavily
when she was made redundant in 2007 and he and his adult son and daughter would
often find empty bottles of wine hidden around the house.
In 2008 she
stopped drinking when she became employed as an admin assistant, but took it up
again when she lost the job in February of this year.
This time her
alcohol abuse was worse, and she took to drinking a bottle of spirits a day. Mr
Bartlett said the family confiscated her credit cards and cheque book in a bid
to stop her.
By this time she was also taking Prozac and diazepam and
had been given several referrals for alcohol treatment programmes.
During a visit to her GP in March she denied thoughts of suicide but
admitted she had been feeling low, before she was admitted to hospital in May
after setting fire to her duvet cover while in bed.
She suffered third
degree burns to her thigh and lower back and was referred to the local community
mental health team.
The inquest heard that German-born Mrs Bartlett had
no previous psychiatric problems but her sister had committed suicide six years
Psychiatrist Graham Walton said he saw Mrs Bartlett three times in
July but said he felt “she didn’t want to engage” with him.
He said he
did not think she seemed suicidal but “she did admit there was endless
Mr Bartlett said his wife underwent a detoxification
programme to try to stop her from drinking and said she felt “ashamed” of her
“She was petrified that somebody she knew would see her going
in or out,” he added.
In the days leading up to her death she told him,
“I’ll never find another job” and “I’m no good”, the inquest heard.
the day she died Mr Bartlett said he noticed she was missing so thought she
might have gone for a walk and he searched her local haunts. He arrived back at
the house at around 1.30pm to find police, fire engines and ambulances outside.
Detective Sergeant Helen Paine of Sussex
Police told the inquest that officers were satisfied that there were no
suspicious circumstances surrounding Mrs Bartlett’s death.
Dr Karen Henderson, assistant deputy coroner for Brighton and Hove, said the
inquest had found “little evidence that she seriously wished to stop drinking”.
She added: “She was also offered a lot of help from social services, her
GP, and from substance misuse services. It is quite clear she did not wish to
engage with these services.
“The manner of her death is truly terrible
but we have heard evidence that her death would have been mercifully brief and
Recording a verdict of suicide, she added: “I know
that the family did everything they possibly could to help Birgit,” and offered
them her condolences.
Mr Bartlett declined to comment on the hearing.
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Paragraph three reads: “St Pancras Coroner’s Court was
told last Thursday how she had been suffering from depression
triggered by changes to her job, which included hotdesking – moving from
one seat to another a number of times – and the responsibility of caring for her
mother following an illness in 2005.”
Paragraph seven reads: “Mr
Jolliffe focused his questions on whether Ms Calvey should have been
monitored more closely when taking her medication
and whether a lack of continuity of nurses
aggravated the situation.”
Hotdesking’ led to council worker’s suicide leap
A COUNCIL employee who worked for the Town Hall for nearly 30 years
became depressed after she was asked to “hotdesk” and later killed herself, an
Geraldine Calvey, 45, died after throwing herself from the
ninth floor of a tower block in the Regent’s Park estate off Euston Road in
St Pancras Coroner’s Court was told last Thursday how she had been
suffering from depression triggered by changes to her job, which included
hotdesking – moving from one seat to another a number of times – and the
responsibility of caring for her mother following an illness in 2005. The death
of Ms Calvey’s father had also added to her anxiety but she felt she was too
busy to grieve.
The inquest heard how she attempted an overdose but
survived. Ms Calvey was released from hospital within four days and referred to
the South Camden Crisis Response and Resolution team, run by the Camden and
Islington NHS FoundationTrust on behalf of the council.
Magana-niebla, the Crisis team leader, said Ms Calvey appeared to be improving
before her death.
She said: “The latest stress was this change on her job and
having to hotdesk, and that was particularly bad for her, for the reasons of her
personality – liking things just so and being methodical.”
family, who were represented at the hearing by barrister John Jolliffe, believe
she was not properly cared for and have lodged a complaint.
focused his questions on whether Ms Calvey should have been monitored more
closely when taking her medication and whether a lack of continuity of nurses
aggravated the situation.
“She was seen by no fewer than six nurses from the
Camden team and she had to explain herself again as if starting from scratch and
couldn’t build up a rapport with them,” he said.
Recording a verdict of
suicide, Dr Reid said Ms Calvey impulsively took her own life. He cleared the
Crisis team of any failings, adding: “At no time was there any evidence upon
which the team could be satisfied she was suffering mental illness that would
warrant sectioning, and she declined informal admission.”
A statement from
Camden Council read: “Geraldine was a dedicated, conscientious and popular
member of staff who had worked for the council for 29 years. She is greatly
missed by everyone who worked with her.”
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How sickening that this horrific antidepressant-induced murder/suicide could happen right in the same city where a jury found eight years ago that ONLY TWO PILLS of the antidepressant Paxil were the main cause for Donald Schell to shoot his wife, daughter, infant granddaughter and then himself!
WHY DID THE LOCAL MEDIA ALLOW THE TRAGIC WARNING BY THE SCHELL FAMILY (AT THE COST OF SO MUCH INNOCENT BLOOD) TO LEAVE THE PUBLIC EYE LONG ENOUGH FOR ANOTHER SIMILAR TRAGEDY TO HAPPEN??????!!!!!!!!!! HOW LONG DO WE ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN AND DO NOTHING?! WHERE IS THE MEDIA RESPONSIBILITY TO WARN THE PUBLIC?! IS IT BURIED UNDER THEIR LARGE ADVERTISING ACCOUNTS FROM PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES?!
Sorry to shout, but people are dying horrible deaths and no one seems to care. After 20 years of witnessing so many senseless deaths you start shouting. PLEASE encourage your local media to warn of this possibility with these drugs. If they need more information have them contact me.
Dr. Ann Blake-Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & www.ssristories.drugawareness.org
Author of Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our
Serotonin Nightmare (Order #)
Paragraph three reads: “In a toxicology test, forensic pathologist Dr. Patrick Allen found opiates, tranquilizers, anti-depressants and pain killers in the woman, according to the autopsy report.”
Paragraphs seven and eight read: “Luna said the woman did have some anti-depressants that were prescribed, and that she had a history of such medication.
“There’s no prescription for the (opiates and morphine),” Luna said Wednesday. “You can surmise she got it from other sources.”
Some of the many prescription meds in Joy Hofer’s system were prescribed, some weren’t, surmised the coroner.
By Michael Van Cassell
CHEYENNE – A woman who authorities say shot her husband and killed her 2-year-old son had a cocktail of prescription drugs in her system when she took her own life on July 24.
On Wednesday, the Laramie County Coroner’s Office released results from the autopsy performed on 31-year-old Joy M. Hofer.
In a toxicology test, forensic pathologist Dr. Patrick Allen found opiates, tranquilizers, anti-depressants and pain killers in the woman, according to the autopsy report.
Some of those drugs were in her blood at levels ranging from twice to potentially 1,200 times the therapeutic level, the report shows.
Laramie County Coroner Marty Luna said there were “high amounts of opiates and morphine” in her system.
“She should have been shut down,” he said. “I don’t know how she functioned.”
Luna said the woman did have some anti-depressants that were prescribed, and that she had a history of such medication.
“There’s no prescription for the (opiates and morphine),” Luna said Wednesday. “You can surmise she got it from other sources.”
Her husband, Kelly J. Hofer, 28, and son Gunnar Hofer, 2, were both found July 25 in at the family’s residence in the 4700 block of Hickory Place. Autopsies indicated Joy M. Hofer killed them.
Kelly Hofer died from a gunshot wound to the back of his head; Gunnar Hofer died from suffocation and strangulation, according to autopsies.
Luna has said evidence suggested Kelly Hofer died first, and that he and Gunnar died July 24.
Bruises were found on the child’s neck and face as well as lidocaine, an anesthetic or numbing agent, in his blood stream, an autopsy report shows.
The autopsy report for Joy M. Hofer said she suffered a gunshot to the right side of her head.
Cheyenne Police Detective Cathleen Trujillo said Wednesday that she is awaiting test results for gunshot residue kits and fingerprints from the state crime laboratory.
“When I have those, I’ll finish the report,” she said.
Luna said he is continuing an investigation into why this all happened.
“If I can get close to answering that question, then I want to do that,” he said
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