Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Pal Could Not Wake Tragic Teen; Drug Death Was 'Misadventure'

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Pal Could Not Wake Tragic Teen; Drug Death Was 'Misadventure'

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A TEENAGER died as a result of misadventure after taking a drug he wasn't used to, an inquest heard.

George Andrew Whitehouse, 19, was not a drug addict but had taken the heroin substitute methadone while staying at a friend's house in Stockton. The carpet fitter fell into a deep sleep and couldn't be woken by his friend Duanne Williams.

Mr Williams, who had allowed Mr Whitehouse to stay at his home in Ryan Avenue, thought he was asleep and left the house. When he returned, his friend was still on the settee in the living room. The teenager, who had earlier been snoring loudly, was now silent. Mr Williams raised the alarm and an ambulance was called. He was shocked to be told his friend had died.

Mr Whitehouse, who normally lived with his mother in Ingleby Barwick, had been taking prescribed medication for a mental health condition. The methadone did not belong to him, the inquest heard yesterday. The drug had been prescribed to another friend of Mr Williams. …

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