THE death of a 25-year-old Eastbourne man who had injected himself with heroin brought a plea to young people from East Sussex coroner Alan Craze to avoid this “extremely dangerous drug”.
Recording a verdict that Philip McPhee, of Cambridge Road, had succumbed to non-dependent abuse of drugs after he was found collapsed at a friend’s house in Kingston Road, Hampden Park, Mr Craze implored others to take heed.
He said: “People who start taking heroin haven’t the faintest idea what it will lead to.
“It’s addictive powers are so great that very few get off it.
“The message to young people is that they should never, ever contemplate starting on heroin.”
Mr Craze said that their life expectancy could be cut from a normal 70 to 80 years to just 30 or 40, and added: “That’s the lesson this inquest wants to get over.