‘Acute’ drug use led to man’s death

A LONG-TERM drug user died of a stroke caused by the use of amphetamines, an inquest heard.

Matthew Quinn, 36, was discovered lying on the floor of his kitchen by police officers on February 22 after suffering a haemorrhagic stroke brought on by very high blood pressure, the hearing was told.

Mr Quinn, who lived at Lapwing Court, Mildenhall, was unconscious but had very shallow breathing, so medics began using CPR.

He was airlifted by helicopter to West Suffolk Hospital but was pronounced dead at 2.45pm.

At the inquest at the Active Business Centre, in Bury St Edmunds, assistant deputy coroner Dr Dan Sharpstone said hypertensive crisis was brought on by Mr Quinn’s acute amphetamine use.

Mr Quinn, who had worked as a taxi driver and later as a truck driver for Royal Mail, was found in his home by Pc Andrew Beeby after a concerned friend phoned police.

At the scene, Pc Beeby discovered a used syringe and two bottles of methadone.

Dr Sharpstone said: “Use of amphetamines has to be considered the overlying cause of death from complications following drug use.”

Mr Quinn’s father Larry Quinn said, in a statement read by Dr Sharpstone, that his son was a ‘caring and loving boy’ but had been a drug user since his late teens.