A successful cyclist suffering from the fear of having to pass a urine sample before becoming professional died of an overdose of heroin.

Jacob Pilkington, 24, of Arnolds Way, Cirencester, has suffered from a phobia of publicly using toilets since childhood, but knew that he would have to rehearse to follow his dream of professional riding, his father explained.

His anxiety grew so much before his death on January 16 that he self-medicated and used pills he bought over the Internet to "move on the day and calm down at night," the hearing in Communicated to Gloucester.

Postmortem showed that he had some codeine in his system, as well as the prescribed drugs citalopram and diazepam – but he also had heroin in an amount more than six times the known lethal dose.

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Jacobs general physician Charles Urquhart, who overcame his fears over a mental health nurse, said he knew that Jacob got self-medication in January, just before his death.

The doctor said Jacob was always "articulate," but could not be a particular trigger for his anxiety.

"He took the cycling very seriously and some of the fears seemed related to it and the need to provide a urine sample," he said.

Jacob asked for a self-cataract kit, but Dr. Uruquhart said that they could not dictate this, and it would be something he would have to discuss with the bicycle authority.

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Charles Pilkington, Jacob's father, said the fear of having a urine sample came from childhood. Jacob always had a phobia about public urination.

Sue Lovell, a psychiatric nurse for Stroud and Cirencester, said she's been taking care of Jacob's mental health since October 2017 alongside Jacobs.

She spoke of Jacob's anxiety disorder and said that this is mainly related to his cycling career.

"His concern was to make a urine sample to become a professional, which he saw as a major obstacle to cycling," she said.

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In January, Mrs. Lovell said, Jacob's attitude towards his cycling career had changed.

"It was not all that, he saw it as a hobby and considered other possibilities," she said.

In conclusion, chief medical examiner Katie Skerrett made a conclusion on drug-related death and said that although a notebook found confirmed dark thoughts, there was no evidence of suicide.

His anxiety seemed to be spinning around his cycling career, he was always concerned about the provision of urine samples and in 2016 he started taking antidepressants.

"He was encouraged to help himself and CBT, but his anxiety persisted, and in January he confirmed that he medicated himself and was told that he was putting himself at risk."

"I do not feel there was a missed opportunity in his care, they offered services, they can not force it," Mrs. Skerrett confirmed.

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