A WOMAN died from using heroin after visiting friends, a coroner has heard.

At the opening of an inquest into the death of 38-year-old Gillian Clemmett, acting senior coroner Alan Walsh heard how Miss Clemmett, of Addington Road, Bolton died in the early hours of September 2 at the Royal Bolton Hospital.

A postmortem reveal that her death was caused by heroin toxicity.

Police coroner's officer Peter Yates told Mr Walsh that Miss Clemmett had a history of intravenous drug use and on September 1 last year went to a friend's house to socialise.

"She was left alone in the address while her friends went to the garage to buy some cigarettes," said Mr Yates.

"On their return they found Miss Clemmett unresponsive behind the bedroom door and there was evidence of drug use at the scene."

Paramedics arrived and attempted CPR but she was pronounced dead in hospital just before 1am and later identified by her mother.

Mr Walsh adjourned the inquest, to be resumed on February 14 and ordered that doctors, mental health specialists and community drugs team should produce reports.