A woman lay dead in her car in a hospital car park for a whole night after she used fentanyl patches to ease pain in her dislocated knee, an inquest has heard. Hazel Gough’s lifeless body was found slumped in her car by a receptionist the morning after she saw a doctor at Fountain Way Hospital in Salisbury, Wiltshire. The 41-year-old delivery driver was last seen getting into her Renault Kadjar at 4.30pm following the appointment.
Hospital receptionist Adrian Lock initially thought she was sleeping and tried shaking her awake, but when he got no response he called paramedics. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 9.04am on December 14 last year.
The inquest at Salisbury Coroner’s Court heard Miss Gough had fatal amounts of fentanyl in her blood after she was prescribed the opioid patches to help relieve the pain of a dislocated knee. Doctors had reduced the dosage of the patches and had discussed lowering it even further. Senior coroner for Wiltshire and Swindon David Ridley gave the cause of death as fentanyl toxicity and recorded a verdict of misadventure.
Mr Ridley said: ‘It’s likely, having got in her car after the session ended with her doctor at 4.30 pm, that the effects of the drug caused respiratory depression and Hazel’s death inside the car.’
Full article: https://metro.co.uk/2018/07/20/woman-dies-of-drug-overdose-after-using-fentanyl-patches-for-pain-relief-7738782/