Home Office investigates fatal drugs following death of Cradley Heath father

A Home Office minister has vowed to investigate the dangers of a morphine-like drug following the death of a Black Country father after he bought the substance over the internet to help him sleep.

Jason Nock, aged 41, of High Haden Road, Cradley Heath, died last August after taking a fatal dose of the legal drug AH-7921.

He had purchased the synthetic substance freely over the internet - but was found with almost five times a fatal dose in his body.

Senior Black Country coroner Robin Balmain wrote to the Home Office urging for further examination of the dangers of the drug, after concluding death was as a result of an accident.

Crime prevention minister Norman Baker MP vowed to seek further advice as part of an investigation analysing whether it should be made a controlled drug.

The investigation would be linked to ongoing analysis drugs known as ‘legal highs’.

Mr Baker said AH-7921 will be investigated by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs which will present its findings in the spring.

He told Mr Balmain in a letter that the Government shared his concerns over the ‘unregulated sale’ of AH-7921 and had called in independent experts.