A grieving father from Sheffield has called for tighter controls on methadone after his beloved son died aged just 25 after taking a dose.
‘Outgoing’ Jordan Dowling had been on a night out in the city before taking the heroin substitute – which his family believe could have been an accident – at a house.
The young dad-of-two’s body was unable to cope with the effect of the drug and he was found dead hours later.
Now his heartbroken father Robert, aged 53, of Gleadless Valley, has called for better regulations to prevent people getting their hands on the prescription medication.
He wants Jordan’s tragic story to be a lesson to an increasing number of people using methadone as a recreational drug.
Robert said: “He was not into drugs. His body couldn’t cope with hard drugs, because he hadn’t had them before. It just closed his body down.
“Methadone is dangerous and people don’t realise what it can do to them and how powerful a drug it is.
“I know myself how readily available it is – you see them all buying and selling it on the estate.”
Former Newfield School pupil Jordan leaves son Harvey, five, and three-year-old daughter Ebony.
He lived in High Green with Stephanie Holland, the mother of his children and partner of eight years, before a recent split.
More than 200 mourners turned out to pay their respects to the Sheffield United fan at his funeral at Huntcliffe Wood Crematorium, a testament to his popularity.
Robert said: “The children idolised him, he was a brilliant dad. I’m still finding it hard to believe. There are a lot of questions we want answering.”
The family and South Yorkshire Police are waiting on the outcome of toxicology reports which have been carried out on Jordan’s body
In the meantime, Robert is channelling his grief into a fundraiser to help treat his grandchildren and provide comfort as they mourn their loss.
He has organised a gig featuring his son’s favourite bands at Plug, Sheffield City Centre, on Friday June 28.
n Anyone who wishes to donate raffle prizes or support the fundraising event is asked to call 07577 242964.