THE death of a care home resident has been ruled as ‘drug-related’ by a coroner.

Bruce Patten was a resident at St Johns Home in St Marys Road, Oxford when he died on July 28 last year.

The 72-year-old, who was a known drug user, was found unresponsive in his room by staff after taking a combination of methadone, amitriptyline, and cocaine.

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Paramedics were called but he died from the effects of the drugs on his pre-existing medical condition.

An inquest was held into Mr Patten’s death at Oxford Coroner’s Court on April 11. It was heard his medical cause of death was multidrug toxicity and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with bronchopneumonia.

Assistant coroner Nicholas Graham ruled his death as ‘drug-related’.