THE consequences of 30 years of substance abuse led to the "inevitable" death of a 47-year-old drug addict, an inquest heard today.

Andrew Mark Barnecutt died at his flat in the Old Police Station Berkeley Vale, Falmouth on April 26 last year through drug misuse.

The inquest heard that Mr Barnecutt had been a drug addict for 30 years and used substances including heroin, methadone, crack and cocaine.

In a statement read out by senior coroner Andrew Cox, Mr Barnecutt's half brother Ian Craddock said he had been staying at his half sibling's flat at the time of his death to look after him.

Mr Barnecutt had called him saying he was "unwell" and he had moved in on April 4 to help. Prior to that Mr Barnecutt had been in and out of hospital due to infections caused by his intravenous drug use.

Mr Craddock said despite being unwell, Mr Barnecutt refused to allow him, or his son Ryan who also lived in the flat, to call the doctor.

He said that Mr Barnecutt's condition deteriorated and he became increasingly delusional and incoherent in the days leading up to his death.

Mr Craddock said they suggested calling an ambulance but Mr Barnecutt "kicked off" saying he did not want to be in hospital again.

He said on the night of Sunday, April 25 Mr Barnecutt had a very disturbed night and called out to him and Ryan from the sofa where he was lying.

When Mr Craddock went to him at 9.40am on the Monday morning, his half brother was lying on the sofa "moaning and groaning".

He said Mr Barnecutt was not responsive when he spoke to him so he went to pack a bag for him for hospital.

When he returned 20 minutes to an hour later he could see Mr Barnecutt was "motionless" and did not appear to be breathing.

"I tried to rouse Andrew," said Mr Craddock, "but I was unable to do so and immediately called an ambulance." He started doing chest compressions and then the ambulance arrived.

Police officer PC Becky Thomas said in a statement she was called to the flat on April 26.

She said there was evidence of IV drug use in the flat and empty cans of lager in the bin and in the room.

"It became obvious at the address that Ian did not trust us at all," she said in a written statement read out by Mr Cox. "He did not seem to want us looking around the flat.

"We had to ask him to allow us to do our jobs a number of times and he asked why we were taking so long and why we needed CID."

Reaching his conclusion of death through drug misuse, senior coroner Andrew Cox said: "Mr Barnecutt had a long history of illicit IV drug abuse which had previously required surgical intervention.

"He had had an extended period of support from agencies but had chosen not to address his IV drug addiction and had declined offers for detoxification and rehabilitation.

"It seems clear from the evidence that Andrew was reluctant to take the dramatic changes that would have been required of his lifestyle to address the underlying concerns and unfortunately the inevitable has resulted and the significant and lengthy use of IV drug injections has caught up with him."

  • If you need support for drug addiction help is available from your GP. You can also visit the Frank website to find local drug treatment services.​

As well as the NHS, there are charities and private drug and alcohol treatment organisations that can help you. Visit the Adfam website to see a list of useful organisations.