A man died after drinking home made poppy tea using a recipe he found online, an inquest heard. Paul Dalling, 27, brewed the deadly concoction using poppy seeds, thinking he would produce a "pleasant" drowsy effect.
But Mr Dalling drank a pint of the tea causing his central nervous system to shut down, killing him. A coroner warned others of the dangers of making "poppy tea" - infamously drunk in opium dens. Coroner Mark Layton said: "Drinking poppy tea is potentially fatal. It is impossible to gauge the dosage as the strength varies from plant to plant."
Mr Dalling and his friends made a tea with crushed poppy seeds using a recipe they found on the internet. The inquest heard he drank the tea and smoked cannabis before going for a night out with friends. He returned to his home in Milford Haven, West Wales, where he lived with his partner and her young child. Dyfed-Powys Police coroner's officer Jeremy Davies said: "While in bed, Mr Dalling was coughing and felt hot to touch but was not in a state which caused alarm.
"But his partner was then unable to wake him and there was blood around his nose and mouth so she called the emergency services. The ambulance centre talked her through CPR but Mr Dalling was pronounced dead at home." A post mortem found levels of morphine and codeine - both present in poppy tea - in Mr Dalling's body. Pembrokeshire coroner Mr Layton ruled that Paul's death was drugs related.