Coroners report an increase in the number of & # 39; self-inflicted & # 39; deaths caused by mixing cocaine and alcohol.
According to the BBC, the use of both drugs in cases where the man or woman started to live their own life was reported in at least 13 deaths between April 2018 and March 2019.
The term & # 39; self-inflicted & # 39; refers to deaths where a person who had died of suicide or injured himself in other ways or injured himself.
At the corner of April, Eric Armstrong concluded that Love Island star Sophie Gradon, 32, committed suicide after consuming alcohol and cocaine (Mrs. Gradon pictured above)
Some doctors believe that when you combine cocaine and alcohol, the body produces cocaethylene, a substance that can temporarily improve a high, but also increases poor judgment and violent thoughts.
Professor of addiction psychiatry Julia Sinclair, chairman of the addiction faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said the mix can make people more impulsive.
& # 39; People are looking for the ingredient that makes alcohol and cocaine such a & # 39; n toxic combination. It might be cocaethylene – but we don't know and everyone has a different answer, & said Professor Sinclair.
The way in which coroners recorded their conclusions can obscure emerging trends with a combination of alcohol and cocaine, she added.
A number of high-profile deaths in the past year were found to contain both substances.
In April, corner Eric Armstrong concluded that Love Island star Sophie Gradon, 32, committed suicide after consuming alcohol and cocaine.
In his closing remarks, Armstrong said that mixing alcohol and cocaine could make someone 16 times more likely to kill himself.
A second Love Island participant Mike Thalassitis (pictured above) took his own life at the age of 26 after taking a deadly cocktail of cocaine, alcohol and paracetamol. In June it was decided that Mike & # 39; s death was a suicide after toxicological results showed that he was taking a deadly cocktail of cocaine, alcohol and paracetamol
Coroner warning for cocaine and alcohol suicide risk
Earlier this year, a coroner issued a warning about mixing alcohol and cocaine, pointing to research in the US where it is known that the combination gives someone 16 times more likely to kill themselves.
The study, conducted at Brown University in 2016, looked at hundreds of US suicidal emergency departments (ED).
Between 2010 and 2012, under the leadership of Professor Sarah Arias, the team examined 874 men and women admitted to one of the eight emergency departments across the country.
The most important outcome of the study was whether people attempted suicide in the year after the ED visit. Of the 874 people, 195 people did at least once.
Of the patients, 298 abused alcohol, 72 used cocaine and 41 used both.
In particular for those who used both, the chance of committing suicide again was 2.4 times greater than in people in the study who were not.
Miss Gradon was found dead in her home in Ponteland, Northumberland in June 2018.
Toxicological tests showed that Gradon had a blood value of 201 mg per 100 ml of blood, about three times the legal driving limit, as well as cocaine.
Her body was discovered by her friend Aaron Armstrong (25) and his brother.
Just three weeks later, Aaron Armstrong took his own life after mixing alcohol and cocaine.
In this case, the coroner also partially accused his death of him by taking the combination of the two pleas.
A second Love Island participant Mike Thalassitis, 26, also took his own life after taking a deadly cocktail of cocaine, alcohol and paracetamol.
In June it was decided that Mike & # 39; s death was a suicide after toxicological results showed that he was taking a deadly cocktail of cocaine, alcohol and paracetamol before hanging himself.
The former professional footballer was found on March 15 in the woods in Edmonton, North London.
The Victoria Derbyshire program also found that cocaine and alcohol were factors in another five deaths in England and one in Wales in the same period between April 2018 and March 2019. In all cases, coroners said there was insufficient evidence to support a conclusion of suicide.
About the program, Ian Hamilton, Senior Lecturer in Addiction at the University of York, said that more needs to be done to understand the magnitude of the problem and to look at the effects when multiple drugs are taken together rather than just a drug to watch.
& # 39; Cocaine is more easily accessible than an antidepressant, & # 39; he said.
Danny Bennett, who has been clean for seven years, said the & # 39; coming down & # 39; of taking cocaine mixed with alcohol is terrible.
& # 39; I was ready to go, I didn't want to be on the planet, & # 39; he said.
Logan Woolliscroft, 21, (photo) died after a fall from a cliff near the Derbyshire family in 2018. A bottle of Disaronno liqueur and 8g cocaine bags were found on the top of the cliff by Steve, his father. A photo of Logan on the Facebook page of his sister Tillie
Logan Woolliscroft, 21, died after a fall from a cliff near his Derbyshire family in 2018.
A bottle of Disaronno liqueur and 8 g of cocaine bags were found at the top of the cliff by his father, Steve. His body was recovered later.
Logan was an engineer and a talented football player.
Coroner Peter Nieto noted an open conclusion and stated that there was not enough evidence to say that it was definitely suicide.
He added that it was possible that Logan had fallen accidentally because he was drunk or because he lost his position or a combination of both.
Logan & # 39; s father Steve Woolliscroft said he believed his death & # 39; 100 percent & # 39; was caused by the simultaneous use of cocaine and alcohol.
& # 39; To mix a stimulant with a depressant, it completely obscures your brain and you just don't know where you are, & # 39; he said.
In a statement, a Ministry of Health and Social Care spokesperson said it invested £ 25 million in efforts to prevent suicide.
& # 39; We are also committed to reducing drug and alcohol-related harm and have ordered an important independent review of drugs to help inform our thinking. And as part of the NHS long-term plan, we are rolling out alcohol care teams in hospitals with the largest number of alcohol-related admissions, ”the statement said.
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