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Brandon woman died from overdose of painkillers four years after serious road accident which left her with permanent damage to her ankle

PUBLISHED: 10:00 20 December 2014

Woman overdosed on painkillers

Woman overdosed on painkillers

A “happy and positive” woman, 22, died from a drugs overdose after potentially “self medicating” for chronic pain she had suffered since a road accident four years ago.

Anastasia Phillips, of Church Road, Brandon, died at her home in April after taking a fatal combination of painkillers.

An inquest into her death, held in Bury St Edmunds, heard that she had not slept for three days prior to her death, due to insomnia.

Coroner Dr Peter Dean said: “She tried very hard to help other people. She tried to turn her accident into a positive and to help others, but she did get frustrated that she was not making the progress that she wanted [with her own conditions].”

The inquest heard that Ms Phillips suffered from Bipolar disorder, as well as chronic pain in her ankle that had remained permanently broken since a car accident when she was 18.

“She had previously managed her control of her condition through self medication,” said Mr Dean.

“We have a young lady who had a very painful accident which had a significant impact on the course of her life.”

Ms Phillips was hoping to train for her “dream job” as a photographer at the time of accident, an ambition she was unable to fulfil.

The coroner reported that she did suffer from depression, but at the time of her death was planning, and looking forward to, a trip to Australia.

He said that ehr family reported she was happy in the days leading upto her death.

Dr Dean recorded an open verdict, stating that it was impossible to say what her intention was when she took the lethal drugs.

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