A MAN battling a drug addiction was found dead in his room after taking heroin and crack cocaine, an inquest heard.

Tyler Paul Morris Gray was found unresponsive at John Baker House in Rollestone Street, Salisbury during the early hours of March 14.

The 23-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics at about 2.20am.

The cause of death given at an inquest at Salisbury Coroners Court on Thursday was heroin and crack cocaine toxicity and amphetamine use.

Coroner David Ridley gave a conclusion of drug-related death at the inquest on Thursday. The inquest heard Tyler had a history of cannabis misuse since January 2017.

A statement was read from Detective Constable Dawn Rowan about a conversation with Tyler’s father, Darren Gray. He said the family had no idea Tyler used drugs but his son visited at Christmas and had stained teeth and yellow fingers. His father said Tyler “broke down” and told him he was smoking cannabis.

After Tyler’s death he found a letter stating Tyler was due to appear in court and did not know his son was in trouble with the police.

On March 14, Tyler was found unresponsive by his girlfriend Etta Martin who, in a statement read out by the coroner, said he had started using drugs more regularly and would use different amounts.

Prior to his death the inquest heard Tyler had bought cocaine and heroin.

A post-mortem found amphetamines, MDMA and MDA as well as free morphine.

Coroner Mr Ridley said: “Tyler had been battling an addiction to class A drugs notably heroin and crack cocaine. On March 13, 2018 Tyler had been taking both heroin and crack cocaine at various times during the day."

He said Tyler died as a result of acute heroin and cocaine toxicity. He said previous amphetamine use with traces of MDMA and MDA found in the post-mortem indicated ecstasy use which “more likely than not contributed to his death”.