Burnley overdose mum's 'cry for help'

This Is Lancashire: Lindsey Thorne did not intend to take her own life, an inquest heard Lindsey Thorne did not intend to take her own life, an inquest heard

A MUM died after overdosing on a week’s worth of prescription drugs in one afternoon, an inquest heard.

Lindsey Thorne, 29, was killed by the combination of seven different tablets after a disagreement with her partner Jimmy Moore.

Ms Thorne’s condition was said to have ‘deteriorated rapidly’ when she took the overdose after a fall-out over the future of the couple’s relationship. A toxicology report found ‘significant levels’ of imipramine, an anti-depressant, propranolol, a beta blocker, metformin, which treats diabetes, and quetiapine, an anti-psychotic in her blood.

East Lancashire coroner Richard Taylor also told Burnley Coroner’s Court yesterday that pathologist Dr Abdul Al-Dawoud found low levels of tramadol, taken for pain relief, zopiclone, a sleeping tablet, and ‘possibly opiates’.

Mr Moore, who did not attend the inquest, said in a statement that the couple, who had been together for two years, had been discussing their future at their home in Colne Road, Kelbrook.

He said: “We weren’t getting out of the house. It had gone stale. We had a similar discussion at Christmas in 2012.

“I was depressed too and worried about our mental health. I said I loved her but that a break would do us good.”

Mr Moore said that on September 14 Ms Thorne, a former Craven College and West Craven High School student, started to cry and admitted that their relationship ‘wasn’t what it used to be’ and that the couple were ‘forcing affection’.

He added: “It felt as if she was trying to avoid me. I would go upstairs to see her and she would go downstairs and take tablets when I couldn’t see her.

“I saw her sat watching TV and thought she looked drunk, but knew she couldn’t have been as we didn’t have any alcohol.

“She called the ambulance herself and said she’d taken a week’s worth of tablets.”

Mr Moore said he dialled 999 again at around 4pm before the ambulance arrived after Ms Thorne became more ill.

The mum-of-one died in Airedale General Hospital, near Keighley, West Yorkshire, later that night.

Ms Thorne’s 14-year-old daughter, Bethany, is being cared for by her grandmother, Penny Collier.

In a statement, Dr Abdul Al-Dawoud said: “In the absence of a pathological explanation, combined drug toxicity offers a highly-probable cause of death.”

He added that the levels of metformin alone were consistent with previous fatalities recorded in connection with the use of that drug.

Ms Thorne’s uncle, Darren Russell, said: “She wanted to frighten him [Mr Moore]. She hadn’t gauged how strong the tablets were."

Mr Taylor called Ms Thorne’s overdose ‘a cry for help’, to which her family nodded in agreement in the court room.

In reaching a narrative conclusion, Mr Taylor said there was no evidence to suggest Ms Thorne had deliberately tried to take her own life.

He said: “Whilst suffering from depression, Lindsey Sheila Thorne ingested a fatal quantitiy of her prescribed medication.”

Paying tribute to Ms Thorne on Facebook, Mr Moore said: "You will always be my number one lady, my soulmate, lover and best friend. Goodbye for now my darling."

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12:18pm Wed 18 Dec 13

HarryBosch says...

So very sad. Deepest sympathies to her family and friends. Rest in peace now.
So very sad. Deepest sympathies to her family and friends. Rest in peace now. HarryBosch

2:31pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Jimmy Moore says...

Goodbye beautiful hope you can rest in peace now and we can all try and put this to bed just wish there was something more I could have done to save you but it was not to be, you have fun up there with the rest of the angels in heaven, dancing and singing like you always used to do. Till we meet again lover xxxxxxxxxx
Goodbye beautiful hope you can rest in peace now and we can all try and put this to bed just wish there was something more I could have done to save you but it was not to be, you have fun up there with the rest of the angels in heaven, dancing and singing like you always used to do. Till we meet again lover xxxxxxxxxx Jimmy Moore

4:32pm Wed 18 Dec 13

billy32 says...

It's a shame that she didn't get the help that she needed from the authorities , i hope that her family in time get over this tragedy. May she rest in peace......
It's a shame that she didn't get the help that she needed from the authorities , i hope that her family in time get over this tragedy. May she rest in peace...... billy32

8:14pm Wed 18 Dec 13

katypri says...

So sad Mental Health has many victims as well as the sufferer, very little help available although it is increasing in the number of young people suffering, wards are always full yet they are still closing wards for care in the community sadly 10 minutes a week is not enough, this young lady needed help but sadly when needed they rarely ask, why because they are ill, I wish they would put money into research because their but the grace goes anyone of us or a family member R.I.P. love
So sad Mental Health has many victims as well as the sufferer, very little help available although it is increasing in the number of young people suffering, wards are always full yet they are still closing wards for care in the community sadly 10 minutes a week is not enough, this young lady needed help but sadly when needed they rarely ask, why because they are ill, I wish they would put money into research because their but the grace goes anyone of us or a family member R.I.P. love katypri

11:06pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Faithless says...

It's a shame that NHS funds are siphoned off by dodgy pharmacists and doctors. The vulnerable end up suffering because the funds aren't there for them to get the appropriate levels of care.
It's a shame that NHS funds are siphoned off by dodgy pharmacists and doctors. The vulnerable end up suffering because the funds aren't there for them to get the appropriate levels of care. Faithless

5:05am Sat 21 Dec 13

jennyfoster says...

you left a hole in all our hearts love you sis x
you left a hole in all our hearts love you sis x jennyfoster

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