A young York father died of the effects of drugs just hours after refusing an ambulance, an inquest heard.
Jordan Jake Harris, 22, died at his family home in Stuart Road, Acomb, on 26 September, 2021.
He had been living at his own flat in Richmond, but returned to the family home he shared with his mother and father at the start of the first lockdown in 2020.
The day before his death Mr Harris, who had a baby son, had been throwing up, looked grey and was freezing cold to touch.
The next day he was still ill and his family called an ambulance. Paramedics spoke to him, but he refused to go with them to hospital.
That evening his mother went to check on Mr Harris in his bedroom and found him unresponsive. She called 999.
Attempts to resuscitate him, first by his father and then by the ambulance crews, sadly failed.
A pathologist’s report gave the cause of death as combined drug toxicity. Cocaine principally, or perhaps solely, contributed to his death, a toxicology report found.
In a statement read out to the inquest at Northallerton Coroners Court, police said after Mr Harris’s death they started an investigation into the suspected supply of a controlled substance.
“But no further action had been taken with regards to this offence,” the statement said.
North Yorkshire coroner Jonathan Heath described Mr Harris as coming from “a loving, supportive family”.
The coroner concluded it was a drug-related death and offered his condolences to Mr Harris’s family.
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