AN OLDBURY man's death was caused by drink and drugs an inquest has heard.

The inquest took place on March 13 into the death of Steven Newman, who died on January 1 this year.

The 33-year-old had been drinking on New Year's Eve, before sleeping at a friend's house on the same street where he lived on Grace Road in Oldbury.

The inquest heard how Mr Newman's friend discovered him lying unconscious and not breathing on the living room floor on New Year's Day morning.

He called an ambulance and on their arrival medics confirmed that Mr Newman had passed away.

Assistant Coroner Emma Serrano told the inquest that Mr Newman had no injuries and nothing appeared suspicious.

She told the court how a toxicology report had found that Mr Newman had taken a 'substantial' amount of alcohol and also methadone before his death.

A post mortem stated the medical cause of death to be methadone and alcohol toxicity and alcohol related disease.

Assistant Coroner Serrano said: "My view is that in this situation Mr Newman took alcohol and methadone and sadly passed away from its effects."

She recorded a conclusion of a drug and alcohol related death at the inquest at the Black Country Coroners' Court.