A CORONER has said he is “deeply concerned” about the growing number of drugs-related deaths in Derry.
Patrick McGurgan made the comments during an Inquest into the death of Teresa Duffy who was found dead in her flat at Abercorn Road on November 10, 2018.
The 32-year-old tragically died from an accidental overdose.
Mr McGurgan told hearing at Bishop’s Street Court house it was his third drugs-related inquest in Derry in the last two weeks.
“I am very concerned about the amount of such Inquests in this city,” the coroner said.
“There is no doubt she had difficulties with drugs and unfortunately she paid for that with her life.
“This was a waste of a perfectly happy young lady who had so much to live for.
“I sincerely hope something positive follows from this tragedy which was traumatic for her family,” he added
Teresa’s mother, Susan Duffy, told the Coroner her family did not want other families to suffer the death of a family member in such circumstances.
“If our tragedy helps another family then the life of my daughter Teresa will have achieved something.
“People just don’t understand the absolute devastation such a death causes,” she said.