CHRISTOPHER Warren died of a heroin overdose a few days after leaving Green Lane Hospital in Devizes, an inquest heard.

He had been in the hospital, which helps people with mental health problems, for just over three months and returned to Ruth House, run by Kennet Action for Single Homeless, in Salisbury Street, Devizes, in April.

His father, fellow residents and workers at KASH saw a noticeable change in 22-year-old Mr Warren, who had an alcohol problem, and said he was positive about the future.

Mr Warren who, the inquest heard, had a history of self harm, had lived at Ruth House before he went into Green Lane Hospital.

His father, Edward Warren, of Marden Close, Calne, said his son talked about getting an apprenticeship and said the treatment had made a "massive difference" to him.

He saw his son at Ruth House the day after he returned from hospital and spoke to him the next day on the phone and said he remained positive. However, the next day, April 11, Mr Warren's body was found in his room.

A post mortem examination showed he had a large amount of heroin in his blood and this, together with a prescribed drug, caused his death.

Wiltshire coroner David Masters recorded a verdict of death through abuse of drugs.

He said there was no evidence Mr Warren intended to take his own life.