Insurance high flyer Lisa McMillan overdosed on P

A high-flying Lower Hutt career woman with a top job at insurance company AXA and no history of drug use has been found to have died of a methamphetamine overdose.

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

Her workmates at insurance company AXA had become concerned when she didn't turn up to work on the morning of 21 January, 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 had been found in Ms McMillan's blood, and was thought to have triggered the brain haemorrhage that caused her death.

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 of 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.

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.

The Dominion Post