Accidental death by pills and alcohol

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A woman accidentally killed herself by taking too many anti-depressants after a few drinks.

Janet Herbert suffered with anxiety and depression throughout her life and was on medication from her doctor.

A Portsmouth inquest heard the 59-year-old, of Cottage View, Landport, Portsmouth, was feeling low on the evening on August 26 last year.

She was at home on her own, and phoned a few relatives and friends..

The next morning a concerned neighbour called the police when there was no answer at her door.

Officers forced their way in, and found her body lying on the sofa with the television on.

A toxicology report showed lethal amounts of two types of anti-depressants in her blood, along with enough alcohol to put her twice over the drink-drive limit.

Speaking at an inquest in Portsmouth Guildhall yesterday, coroner David Horsley said: 'I'm satisfied she did not take her own life.

'She would have just fallen asleep.'

He recorded a verdict of accidental death.