Dad's heroin hell

A WESTON family man whose son died of an overdose and grandson was found hanging says he wants the double tragedy to act as a warning of the dangers of heroin

A WESTON family man whose son died of an overdose and grandson was found hanging says he wants the double tragedy to act as a warning of the dangers of heroin abuse.Richard Phillips' loved ones died within a week of each other. His son, of the same name, pictured right, overdosed on heroin in the toilets of seafront nightspot Cabot 5 Bars in Weston, on September 29.The 46-year-old former Worle School pupil, of Bridge Road, had become hooked on the substance. Days later, his 27-year-old grandson, also called Richard, was found hanging in his cell in Horfield Prison in Bristol. He had just returned from speaking at his dad's funeral at Weston Crematorium in Ebdon Road, Worle. He grew up in the Weston area. His grandfather, who he lived with for a time, says his grandson had a drug problem as well. His mother, Caroline Hillman, died in March of cirrhosis of the liver.Mr Phillips this week spoke exclusively to the Weston & Somerset Mercury about how drug addiction caused the deaths of the two men. He hopes it will send a warning to anyone else in danger of becoming hooked.He said: "Richard stood up at his father's funeral the day before he was found dead in his cell."It was so poignant because when he got up to say a few words, I think he was actually saying goodbye to us."Before he was taken back to prison he gave me a hug and said 'sorry grandad'."They say his death was quick and he did not suffer."For anyone who already has a drug problem it is probably too late. But I want everyone else to know this could happen to them if they become hooked." * Anyone who needs help for drug addiction can call the Addiction Recovery Agency on 0117 9300282 or call into the offices in the Boulevard, Weston, for advice.


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