A 33-YEAR-OLD man with a history of agoraphobia and anxiety took a drugs overdose to end his life, an inquest heard.

Steven Harris died from a combination of a sleeping drug, anti-depressant and heroin toxicity, a coroner said.

The single man was found in his room by father Stuart at the family home in Springfield Road, Wantage, on March 18.

In a written statement Dr Rickman Godlee, of Church Street Practice, said Mr Harris had a long-standing history of agoraphobia – a dread of open spaces – anxiety and low mood.

He said he had spent three days at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, after an overdose and was referred to a community mental health team.

Dr Godlee’s statement said: “He told me his mood was generally low.”

A statement from social worker Caren Duley said he had thoughts “in the back of his mind” about taking his life but did not at that time feel suicidal.

Tablet packets, a glass with a white substance in it, syringes, foil and a tourniquet were found in his bedroom when the body was discovered, police officer DC Dave Edwards said.

In a statement, father Stuart Harris said he found his son at about 7.20am. He said: “I knew he was gone.”

Oxfordshire coroner Darren Salter said Mr Harris died of respiratory depression as a result of sleeping drug zopiclone, anti-depressant amitriptyline and heroin toxicity.

He recorded a verdict that Mr Harris took his own life.