The father of a Breckland heating engineer, who died after taking drugs, has paid tribute to his “dedicated” son. 

It comes following an inquest into the death of Adam Lloyd Millikin, 33, of Goose Green in Ashill, between Watton and Swaffham

Mr Millikin was born on October 10, 1984, in Harlow, Essex, and moved to Downham Market in west Norfolk in 2005. He attended college in King’s Lynn where he qualified as a heating engineer. 

His father, Tony Millikin, described his son as taking pride in his work and “always doing a thorough job”. 

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Mr Millikin lived with his partner Zoe Eastman, a bar worker at the time, who he had been dating since February 2017.  

In evidence read out in court, Miss Eastman said she had been aware that Mr Millikin took drugs but had told her he was “willing to give it all up” for their relationship.  

She went on to say that on August 21, 2022, Mr Millikin had returned home at around 10pm.

He then went out again, came back at around midnight, and showed her what she thought was MDMA.

Eastern Daily Press: An example of MDMA tabletsAn example of MDMA tablets

Five minutes after taking the drug, he began vomiting then started sweating profusely and became extremely agitated before having a seizure. Miss Eastman rang 999. 

He was put into an ambulance and taken to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital (N&N). On route there, he went into cardiac arrest and later died at the N&N at around 5.15am on August 22. 

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Mr Millikin Snr said he was aware his son smoked cannabis and liked a drink but was “shocked” to discover he had been using cocaine in 2017.

He believed his son had overcome this and, following his death, said: “I thought that those days were far behind him.” 

At the inquest on Wednesday, April 19, at Norfolk Coroner’s Court, the medical cause of death was given as serotonin syndrome with cardiac arrest due to ingestion of MDMA and cocaine.  

Assistant coroner Christopher Leach recorded a conclusion of a drug-related death.