A troubled woman took a fatal overdose of painkillers in her home, an inquest has heard. Rachael Banks was taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital after family members found her at her home in Newcastle on January 29, but sadly nothing could be done to save her.
The 32-year-old mother-of-one had previously spoken to her GP about having suicidal thoughts and was prescribed antidepressants. Sukhdev Garcha, deputy coroner for North Staffordshire, found the cause of death to be suicide, following an inquest at Stoke Town Hall.
The inquest heard that Rachael, who was trained as a nurse, had recently experienced a number of problems in her life, including relationship issues with an ex-partner and losing her job.
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On January 28, she sent a message to her sister Gemma Banks in which she said she was going to kill herself. Gemma went to see Rachael and they talked about her relationship issues.
The next morning, Gemma returned home after Rachael failed to respond to messages. She entered the property using her spare key and found her sister.
Paramedics and police attended and Rachael was taken to Royal Stoke, where she was pronounced dead. The police, who recovered three notes written by Rachael before her death, concluded that there were no suspicious circumstances.
A post-mortem examination revealed lethal levels of prescription drugs in Rachael’s blood.
Mr. Garcha recorded a finding of suicide. He told the court he was satisfied that on a balance of probabilities Rachael intended to commit suicide.
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