Sunday 26 February 2017

Men died after taking lethal drug cocktail

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

'SUPER strength' heroin has been ruled out in the fatal overdoses of two friends who died within 24 hours of each other.

The deaths of Gavin Thompson (26) and Gary O'Sullivan (30), and the illnesses of five others, triggered unprecedented HSE and garda warnings.

However, Cork coroner Dr Myra Cullinane was told by gardai that no trace of 'super strength' heroin was found.

The inquests into the deaths of Mr Thompson and Mr O'Sullivan yesterday heard medical evidence that both died from taking several drugs.

Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster said the heroin involved was of normal strength, but it had been used in combination with other drugs, particularly diazepam.


Mr O'Sullivan, of Vesta Place, Cork, collapsed and died after coming home from socialising.

On the night of October 4 the men had gone to Mr O'Sullivan's home with 10 cans of lager before taking drugs.

A verdict of death by misadventure was returned in the case of Mr O'Sullivan.

The inquest into Mr Thompson's death was adjourned on the application of the gardai as a file will be submitted to the DPP.

Dr Bolster said Mr Thompson, of Wolfe Tone Street, Cork, who died on October 5, had traces of heroin, diazepam and alcohol in his system.

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