A young man who “battled against the two greatest demons of our time” died after taking heroin, an inquest heard.
The body of Jamie Stone, 25, was found at his flat in Malson Way, Newbold, on June 5 this year.
Chesterfield coroners’ court today heard Mr Stone – who had a long history of mental health issues and drug misuse – had aspirations of volunteering with the RSPCA.
The court heard a neighbour last saw Mr Stone on either May 27 or May 28.
Another neighbour said in a statement read out by coroner James Newman: “Jamie was such a nice lad and well-liked.
“He had some kittens, which he loved, and wanted to volunteer with the RSPCA.”
Pathologist Deirdre McKenna said Mr Stone died from heroin toxicity due to chronic drug use.
She added: “It would have been a painless passing.”
No suicide note was found in Mr Stone’s flat, according to police.
Summing up the inquest, the coroner – who met Mr Stone at a previous inquest when he was a witness – said: “Jamie was a character.
“He was a caring young man who loved his kittens and wanted to help other animals.
“He battled against the two greatest demons of our time – mental health and drug problems.
“It’s a very tragic case.”
Recording a narrative verdict, Mr Newman said: “Between May 28 and June 5, Jamie injected heroin and suffered sudden and catastrophic effects.”
Mr Newman added he did not have enough evidence to suggest Mr Stone committed suicide.
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