Family ‘torn apart’ over drugs death of young Sheffield dad

Robert Dowling from Gleadless who lost his son Jordan to a drugs overdose
Robert Dowling from Gleadless who lost his son Jordan to a drugs overdose
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A grief-stricken dad says his son’s death from accidentally taking methadone has ‘torn his family apart’.

Robert Dowling, whose son Jordan, aged 25, was found dead at a flat in Broomhill, spoke to The Star after police arrested a man on suspicion of supplying the heroin substitute.

Mr Dowling said his son never touched drugs.

He believes he may have taken the drug - a liquid which is drunk - by accident or may have had his drink spiked.

Jordan died after the dose was too strong for his body to cope with.

Mr Dowling, from Gleadless Valley, revealed the impact of the tragedy on his family after police arrested a man on suspicion of supplying a Class A drug.

The 53-year-old said his relationship with his partner - who he had planned to marry - had collapsed, and the rest of the family had been badly affected, too.

And he says he has been so dissatisfied with the police response he has contacted the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Mr Dowling said he does not believe officers were thorough enough when looking for evidence of how his son died, and is also unhappy no ambulance turned up at the flat where Jordan was found.

Jordan, aged 25, who had two children, Harvey, aged five, and Ebony, four, was living in Hunters Bar.

Mr Dowling said: “If he had been an MP or someone of high standing, no stone would have been left unturned in trying to find out all the evidence.

“But because Jordan was a bit of a rogue - he had served custodial sentences for violence when he was younger - it feels as if they haven’t given this case the same attention.

“Jordan had turned his life around and had not been in trouble for several years.

“He had started work for a silversmiths and was against drugs.

“I do not believe he would have chosen to take methadone voluntarily.”

Mr Dowling, a father of six, added: “Since Jordan’s death on March 30, our family has been torn apart. We are in pieces.

“I would like to start a campaign to change the law on how methadone is given out and who should be eligible.”

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “The investigation is still in progress.

“A man has been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences.”