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Mother’s tribute to teenager who died from medication overdose

PUBLISHED: 17:12 05 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:57 06 March 2018

Archie Simpson, who died aged 16 in October 2017, with his mother Jayne Simpson. Picture: SENT IN BY NORFOLK POLICE

Archie Simpson, who died aged 16 in October 2017, with his mother Jayne Simpson. Picture: SENT IN BY NORFOLK POLICE

SENT IN BY NORFOLK POLICE

A mother has paid a heartfelt tribute to her teenage son who died after an overdose of prescription medicine.

Archie Simpson, 16, a student at the Locksley School in Norwich, was found dead in his mother’s living room in Jubilee Terrace, Lakenham, on the morning of October 2.

Area Coroner, Yvonne Blake, said Mr Simpson died as result of an excess of a prescription drug and his death was drug-related, at today’s inquest in Carrow House, Norwich.

The drug is prescribed to help with epileptic seizures - something Mr Simpson had suffered from since 2013. After the inquest, his mother, Jayne Simpson, said: “He would often help and support friends, family and others at school – he brought humour and fun to many peoples’ lives and I just wish that he could have found the same light in himself that we all saw.”

She added: “I am devastated at the loss of my bright, intelligent, loyal and funny boy. Archie was an eccentric, unique character – he proved himself to be an extremely loyal friend to many and was nothing short of the best son I could ever have asked for.

“He had a huge appetite for fun and his witty sense of humour is something I shall never get used to being without. “Archie was interesting to talk to and I loved spending time with him.”

Miss Simpson described her son as a “complex young man” who was very kind and thoughtful.

The inquest heard how Mr Simpson was expelled from Framingham Earl High School in May 2017 for possession of a Class A drug.

Evidence from his mother revealed she had concerns over his alcohol use in the months leading up to his death.

She added he threatened to take his own life in July 2017 and raised concerns with the police.

Organisations became involved in supporting Mr Simpson, including Norfolk Youth Offending Team and the Norfolk Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub.

Ms Blake raised concerns as to how some information relating to Mr Simpson’s “chaotic” lifestyle were not shared with each other.

Representatives from those groups said systems had changed since Mr Simpson’s death.

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