Viewpark mum's plea as son is killed by painkiller
A HEARTBROKEN mum is warning of the dangers of prescribed drugs after her son died when he was a given a painkiller by his cousin.
Stephen Campbell took a tablet prescribed for Audrey Love, who suffers from chronic rheumatoid arthritis. The powerful painkiller was enough to kill him.
His mum, Ann, said the tragedy has "devastated" the extended family and wants to higlight what happened in order to prevent further deaths.
Stephen (28) had just moved into a new house in Beechgrove Avenue, Viewpark, when his life was cut short in October last year.
A post-mortem revealed the drug was in Stephen's body and Love later admitted giving him the Class A drug oxycodone. She said he had asked for one to relieve pain in his legs after he was injured the previous day.
Mrs Campbell said: "People know that drugs such as heroin, cocaine and ecstasy can kill, but Stephen's death shows what can happen if you take someone else's prescribed drug such as a painkiller.
"He didn't take this for a buzz. He was in pain and knew the tablets helped Audrey with her arthritis, but she has suffered with that condition since childhood and her dosage has been built up.
"I want people who might take drugs prescribed for others to realise how easily tragedy can happen. People should not share their prescribed drugs with others."
Full story in December 10 edition of Times & Speaker
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