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Dead teenager had drugs in body

PUBLISHED: 10:52 30 December 2009 | UPDATED: 11:20 23 August 2010

TRACES of the drugs methadone and diazepam have been found in a 14-year-old boy who was found dead in a flat last month. The body of Edward Barry, a pupil at Gravesend Grammar School, Church Walk, Gravesend, was discovered in a flat in a terraced house i

TRACES of the drugs methadone and diazepam have been found in a 14-year-old boy who was found dead in a flat last month.

The body of Edward Barry, a pupil at Gravesend Grammar School, Church Walk, Gravesend, was discovered in a flat in a terraced house in Parrock Street on November 20.

Yesterday, (30) Kent Police revealed the results of a toxicology report, which was carried out after his death to test his body for the presence of drugs.

Methadone, which can be used as a substitute to heroin, and diazepam, a mild tranquiliser, was found to be in his body.

A statement sent by Kent Police from Edward's parents Patrick and Justine Barry said: "The subsequent toxicology report concluded that methadone was detected at a concentration that lies within the range associated with fatalities in people with little or no tolerance to the drug.

"We are also aware that diazepam was detected. Whilst these results give us an indication of why he died, we will wait for the Coroner to decide the cause of his death."

A joint police and social services investigation has begun into the death of Edward Barry, and the date for a Coroners inquest has yet to be announced.

Kent Police's Detective Chief Inspector Andrea Bishop said: "As the family have detailed, we have received the results of the toxicology report which will contribute to the impending Coroner's inquest.

"We will continue to work with the family through this difficult time.

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