Drugs charges follow death of trainee doctor Doug Ferguson

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A MAN has been charged with drugs offences following the death of a trainee doctor in Hampshire.

Doug Ferguson, 19, was taken ill at a house in Heathfield Road, Chandler’s Ford , and died later in hospital.

Police investigating his death arrested two males aged 19 and 17 on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs.

Alex Pearson, 20, from Chandler’s Ford, who was 19 at the time, has now been charged with two counts of possession with intent to supply a class A drug and one count of possession with intent to supply a class B drug.

The 17-year-old has been released without charge.

Doug, a former student at Peter Symonds College in Winchester and Thornden School, Chandler’s Ford, had been in his first year of studying medicine at the University of Bristol.

His family described him as a “fun-loving, popular young man who liked to live life to the full”.

Dozens of Doug’s friends gathered at Hiltingbury Recreation Ground in the aftermath of his death to light candles and release Chinese lanterns in his memory. Flowers and messages were left at the skate park, a favourite haunt of the young student, and notes were also written on the ramps.

An investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is under way because officers were in contact with Doug, of Cranford Gardens, Chandler’s Ford, shortly before he died on Wednesday, June 27.

A spokesman for the IPCC said yesterday: “The investigation has gathered evidence from a number of witnesses and is progressing well.

“Once the investigation has concluded the final report will be shared with Mr Ferguson’s family and the coroner.”

The Mid-Hampshire coroner, based at Winchester, is currently investigating Doug’s death but a date for his inquest has not yet been set.

The results of a post-mortem examination shortly after Doug died were described by police as “inconclusive”.

Hampshire Constabulary said yesterday that results from further tests were not yet available.

Pearson is due to appear at Southampton Magistrates’ Court on Monday, September 24.

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4:43pm Fri 7 Sep 12

cantthinkofone says...

RIP Doug, and RIP all the other casualties of the 'War on Drugs'.

Prohibition isn't working, we need to find another way.
RIP Doug, and RIP all the other casualties of the 'War on Drugs'. Prohibition isn't working, we need to find another way. cantthinkofone

5:58pm Fri 7 Sep 12

Maine Lobster says...

The great tragedy is that far too many people, especially the young, see drugs as part of growing up and a method of enhancing their social lives. Sometimes, as in this case it leads to the loss of a young a promising life.
I hope others will learn from this tragic outcome.
The great tragedy is that far too many people, especially the young, see drugs as part of growing up and a method of enhancing their social lives. Sometimes, as in this case it leads to the loss of a young a promising life. I hope others will learn from this tragic outcome. Maine Lobster

6:13pm Fri 7 Sep 12

sotonbusdriver says...

I am deeply saddened for the family.
But it has to be said, that NO-ONE forced him to take these drugs, as a trainee doctor, he was more aware then most of the possibly side effects from using...
It takes 2 to use drugs, a supplier and a user...
I am deeply saddened for the family. But it has to be said, that NO-ONE forced him to take these drugs, as a trainee doctor, he was more aware then most of the possibly side effects from using... It takes 2 to use drugs, a supplier and a user... sotonbusdriver

9:41pm Fri 7 Sep 12

cantthinkofone says...

Maine Lobster wrote:
The great tragedy is that far too many people, especially the young, see drugs as part of growing up and a method of enhancing their social lives. Sometimes, as in this case it leads to the loss of a young a promising life.
I hope others will learn from this tragic outcome.
I hope so as well. But history suggests that it's unlikely.
[quote][p][bold]Maine Lobster[/bold] wrote: The great tragedy is that far too many people, especially the young, see drugs as part of growing up and a method of enhancing their social lives. Sometimes, as in this case it leads to the loss of a young a promising life. I hope others will learn from this tragic outcome.[/p][/quote]I hope so as well. But history suggests that it's unlikely. cantthinkofone

11:03pm Fri 7 Sep 12

IronLady2010 says...

Each time I see this lads face I get emotional. Such a shame that a nice lad was led astray by drugs.

We can only hope others will see the bad side of drugs and turn this into a positive story.

My sincere thoughts go to his family and friends.

Don't play with drugs!
Each time I see this lads face I get emotional. Such a shame that a nice lad was led astray by drugs. We can only hope others will see the bad side of drugs and turn this into a positive story. My sincere thoughts go to his family and friends. Don't play with drugs! IronLady2010

4:17am Sat 8 Sep 12

hmw says...

A sad tale but the two accused have been punished enough already, by the loss of their friend

If someone dies from drink you don't blame the person who went to the off licence
A sad tale but the two accused have been punished enough already, by the loss of their friend If someone dies from drink you don't blame the person who went to the off licence hmw

2:44pm Sat 8 Sep 12

Shoong says...

cantthinkofone wrote:
RIP Doug, and RIP all the other casualties of the 'War on Drugs'.

Prohibition isn't working, we need to find another way.
The 'War on Drugs' is nearly 40 years old now, if you ain't won it by now then chances are you never will.
[quote][p][bold]cantthinkofone[/bold] wrote: RIP Doug, and RIP all the other casualties of the 'War on Drugs'. Prohibition isn't working, we need to find another way.[/p][/quote]The 'War on Drugs' is nearly 40 years old now, if you ain't won it by now then chances are you never will. Shoong

3:57pm Sat 8 Sep 12

cantthinkofone says...

Shoong wrote:
cantthinkofone wrote:
RIP Doug, and RIP all the other casualties of the 'War on Drugs'.

Prohibition isn't working, we need to find another way.
The 'War on Drugs' is nearly 40 years old now, if you ain't won it by now then chances are you never will.
Precisely.
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cantthinkofone[/bold] wrote: RIP Doug, and RIP all the other casualties of the 'War on Drugs'. Prohibition isn't working, we need to find another way.[/p][/quote]The 'War on Drugs' is nearly 40 years old now, if you ain't won it by now then chances are you never will.[/p][/quote]Precisely. cantthinkofone

4:55pm Sat 8 Sep 12

IronLady2010 says...

cantthinkofone wrote:
Shoong wrote:
cantthinkofone wrote:
RIP Doug, and RIP all the other casualties of the 'War on Drugs'.

Prohibition isn't working, we need to find another way.
The 'War on Drugs' is nearly 40 years old now, if you ain't won it by now then chances are you never will.
Precisely.
I do agree somewhat, but what is the solution?

It can't be legalised as many die as the body can't cope.

I had a drink spiked a few years back and god was I ill.
[quote][p][bold]cantthinkofone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cantthinkofone[/bold] wrote: RIP Doug, and RIP all the other casualties of the 'War on Drugs'. Prohibition isn't working, we need to find another way.[/p][/quote]The 'War on Drugs' is nearly 40 years old now, if you ain't won it by now then chances are you never will.[/p][/quote]Precisely.[/p][/quote]I do agree somewhat, but what is the solution? It can't be legalised as many die as the body can't cope. I had a drink spiked a few years back and god was I ill. IronLady2010

9:54pm Sat 8 Sep 12

cantthinkofone says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
cantthinkofone wrote:
Shoong wrote:
cantthinkofone wrote:
RIP Doug, and RIP all the other casualties of the 'War on Drugs'.

Prohibition isn't working, we need to find another way.
The 'War on Drugs' is nearly 40 years old now, if you ain't won it by now then chances are you never will.
Precisely.
I do agree somewhat, but what is the solution?

It can't be legalised as many die as the body can't cope.

I had a drink spiked a few years back and god was I ill.
That's exactly why legalisation would be madness on its own.

Three strands, all of which are vital: Education, Legalisation, and Regulation.

There would still be harm, and no doubt some deaths as well unfortunately. But a lot, LOT less than prohibition gives us.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cantthinkofone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cantthinkofone[/bold] wrote: RIP Doug, and RIP all the other casualties of the 'War on Drugs'. Prohibition isn't working, we need to find another way.[/p][/quote]The 'War on Drugs' is nearly 40 years old now, if you ain't won it by now then chances are you never will.[/p][/quote]Precisely.[/p][/quote]I do agree somewhat, but what is the solution? It can't be legalised as many die as the body can't cope. I had a drink spiked a few years back and god was I ill.[/p][/quote]That's exactly why legalisation would be madness on its own. Three strands, all of which are vital: Education, Legalisation, and Regulation. There would still be harm, and no doubt some deaths as well unfortunately. But a lot, LOT less than prohibition gives us. cantthinkofone

10:43pm Sat 8 Sep 12

Inform Al says...

cantthinkofone wrote:
Shoong wrote:
cantthinkofone wrote:
RIP Doug, and RIP all the other casualties of the 'War on Drugs'.

Prohibition isn't working, we need to find another way.
The 'War on Drugs' is nearly 40 years old now, if you ain't won it by now then chances are you never will.
Precisely.
What war on drugs? The only war is against us by amongst others the Taliban who raise money to buy arms through the sale of drugs, and are content with the effect they have on our idiot users. If we are to declare war on the dealers then they must be treated as traitors and if they deal to people who die as a consequence of taking drugs, or who kill as a result of mental imbalance then they should be executed. That is war, so far we have just let them get on with it. Action to get users free of addiction should involve as much cold turkey with no relief as possible and incarceration in establishments that allow no visitors, therefore no drugs coming in. No other action will ever work.
[quote][p][bold]cantthinkofone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cantthinkofone[/bold] wrote: RIP Doug, and RIP all the other casualties of the 'War on Drugs'. Prohibition isn't working, we need to find another way.[/p][/quote]The 'War on Drugs' is nearly 40 years old now, if you ain't won it by now then chances are you never will.[/p][/quote]Precisely.[/p][/quote]What war on drugs? The only war is against us by amongst others the Taliban who raise money to buy arms through the sale of drugs, and are content with the effect they have on our idiot users. If we are to declare war on the dealers then they must be treated as traitors and if they deal to people who die as a consequence of taking drugs, or who kill as a result of mental imbalance then they should be executed. That is war, so far we have just let them get on with it. Action to get users free of addiction should involve as much cold turkey with no relief as possible and incarceration in establishments that allow no visitors, therefore no drugs coming in. No other action will ever work. Inform Al

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