Family pay tribute to Biddulph woman who died after taking drugs

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The family of a Biddulph woman who died after taking drugs spoke of her “lovely, bubbly” nature.

Sandie Vickers, 36, was found dead at her home on Lucerne Road in Biddulph on September 4 2015, an inquest at North Staffordshire Coroner’s Court heard.

A post mortem examination report revealed Ms Vickers died after taking a “cocktail of drugs”, including the heroin substitute methadone and pregabalin, which is used to treat pain and anxiety.

The inquest heard that Ms Vickers had struggled with drug problems since the age of 15, when she began using heroin.

But the hearing was told she had been using methadone for more than 10 years and wrote in a diary shortly before her death that she had been “clean for four years.”

She also suffered from back pain for many years, and used a number of prescription painkillers, the hearing was told.

Ms Vickers’ father Alexander Vickers told the inquest she was popular and well-loved.

He said: “She was always talking to people on Facebook.

“When she died, I was overwhelmed at the number of girls that came to me and spoke about her.”

Ms Vickers’ sister Julie Hagan told the inquest: “She was really proud of how she was doing.

“She was a real homebird, she used to talk about the places she would go if she won the lottery, places like Los Angeles, but she said she would always come back to Biddulph.”

Assistant coroner Margaret Jones recorded a verdict of drug-related death.

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