A 42-YEAR-old man died from morphine toxicity, an inquest heard.

Simon Thomas was found by police at his home address in Hoarwithy Road, Hereford on August 12.

His mother, Angela Davies, who saw him regularly, grew concerned and called the police when she could not get in touch with him for two days.

The inquest heard he had a history of drug and alcohol abuse but Mrs Davies said he was only on prescribed drugs at the time of his death.

A toxicology report showed he had a level of morphine in his system which could lead to a fatality and a pathologist recorded a death of cardio-respiratory failure from morphine toxicity.

Mrs Davies said he had a bone condition in his legs, which was moving towards his spine, and he was in constant pain.

He took prescribed medication, which included daily slow-release morphine tablets.

Mrs Davies said he was very religious and would never have taken his own life.

Coroner Mark Bricknell recorded a conclusion of drugs related death.