Norwich woman died from painkiller overdose, inquest hears

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A 49-year-old Norwich woman died of a painkiller overdose at a Norfolk hospital, an inquest heard.

Louise Elizabeth Buckenham died at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) on Saturday, December 1, 2018.

An inquest opening at Norfolk Coroners Court on Friday, May 10 2019, heard she died from "drug toxicity".

Jacqueline Lake, senior coroner for Norfolk, said: "I have an identification statement provided by Amy Bowman, from the NNUH.

"It states that on [Monday] December 3, 2018, she identified the body of Miss Buckenham."

Ms Lake added that Miss Buckenham's daughter, Karina Taylor, said her mother was born on August 14, 1969, and lived at Lefroy Road, Norwich.

Dr Geoffrey Waters, NNUH consultant histopathologist, said her cause of death was combined drug toxicity.

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The painkillers were not administered by the hospital.

The inquest was adjourned to 10am, on Monday, July 29.