A well-known mum-of-two died of drugs poisoning after two years of battling to overcome her heroin addiction.
Claire Stocks, 40, was discovered dead on the sofa at her ex-boyfriends flat in All Saints Street, off Beverley Road in Hull.
She had taken heroin, methadone, diazepam, codeine and anti-depressants. Although Miss Stocks had not taken a lethal amount of each, mixed together, the drugs acted synergistically and killed her.
Hull Coroner’s Court heard Miss Stocks was a “bright” pupil at St Andrew’s Primary School in Kirk Ella, but her life took a downward spiral after she left Wolfreton School.
When she was 18, she met a man and had a daughter with him in 1999. It was during this year Claire’s mum discovered she was taking drugs.
She said: “She would often go to raves and we had noticed that her salary was going quite quickly, and at one point her boss rang us to express his concerns about her not turning up.
“Eventually I asked her and I was amazed when she said she was on heroin. It was in 1999, around the time of our silver wedding anniversary.
“We did everything we could to help her. I understand now addicts will do anything to feed their habit. At first when I saw her in withdrawal I felt little sympathy and told her that she had chosen her lifestyle, but we soon came to realise it was an illness.”
Miss Stocks later met another man who she lived with in Hessle and the pair had a son in 2009.
In 2015 when Claire was using heroin daily, her parents took her to a rehabilitation centre in Bournemouth to try and give her a fresh start.
Her mum said: “She ended up being in the facility for four months, she came through it and it felt like I had my daughter back.
“Even though it was expensive we wanted her to stay down there and hopefully get a job and start a new life away from influences here.
“She left the facility but possibly missed the security of it. She came back for the weekend, although we got the sense she had started using drugs again. She asked if she could come home for Christmas and we agreed but I was always on alert.”
She said her daughter came home for one weekend and then refused to go back to Bournemouth, before moving back in with her ex-partner in his flat in All Saints Street.
He discovered her dead on the sofa on the morning of December 4.
He said: “We were watching TV and she fell asleep. I slept until 9.30am and came down and asked Claire if she wanted a coffee, she was still in the same position and I thought it was strange. I touched her head and didn’t get a response and I could see when I got close her eyes were still open a bit.
“I rang the ambulance straight away and they told me to put her in the recovery position. I knew she was dead but I still put her in the recovery position.”
Rosemary Baxter, HM Area Coroner recorded a conclusion that Miss Stocks died due to drug use.