The inquest will be held March 6 at 2 p.m. in the jury assembly room of the Franklin County Courthouse in Chambersburg, Pa.
The case will then be referred to the Franklin County District Attorney's office, Phenicie said.
Howard, a resident of 6 S. Church St., was found unresponsive at the home of a friend, David Hockenberry, 147 N. Church St., on the morning of Jan. 21, according to the report.
He was taken to Waynesboro Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:13 a.m. by Dr. Norbert Mathias, an emergency room physician.
Borough police were contacted at 7:15 a.m. and were called to the emergency room at the hospital. Later, police searched Howard's home using a Chambersburg police dog, Phenicie said.
An autopsy and a subsequent toxicological survey revealed Howard's death to be drug-related, according to the coroner's report. The death was attributed to the toxic effects of opiates.
The type of drug that produced death in this case could have caused depression to the central nervous system, ultimately resulting in respiratory arrest, the report states.
Howard was a resident of Waynesboro and attended schools in the Waynesboro Area School District, according to an obituary notice.
He had worked as a clerk at Thos. Somerville Company in Chambersburg, a wholesale plumbing business.
Prior to that, Howard worked in maintenance at Benju Corp. in Waynesboro and as a baker at Little Caesar's Pizza, Waynesboro.