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A high-flying Lower Hutt career woman with no history of drug use has been found to have died of a methamphetamine overdose.

It seemed Lisa McMillan, 39, had everything to live for when her brother discovered her unresponsive on the bedroom floor of her Fairfield flat in 2010.

Her workmates at insurance company AXA had become concerned when she didn’t turn up to work on the morning of January 21  – behaviour that was out of character – and called her brother to see if she was okay.

In a report released this morning, Wellington regional coroner Ian Smith said methamphetamine was found in Ms McMillan’s blood, and was thought to have triggered a brain haemorrhage that caused her death.

A toxicology report found Ms McMillan had 0.24 milligrams of methamphetamine per litre of blood in her system, which was consistent with recreational use.

Attempts to find where she might have bought the drug failed, and other enquiries found that Ms McMillan was a happy, healthy young woman who was “well admired and respected”.

She had a steady job as the lead underwriter of AXA New Zealand, and a reputation for being hardworking and dedicated in the company.

She was engaged to her partner of 16 years, and the pair planned to go travelling later in the year.

Mr Smith found she had a loving family, good health, and a low workload at the time of her death.

While both her partner and brother had noticed she seemed to be taking an excessive amount of Panadol in the months leading up to her death, she had no history of drug or alcohol use.

Her family had not been aware that she took drugs or that she was unhappy in any way, and the police intelligence section could not find the source of the methanphetamine.


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