‘Anyone’s Child: Families for Safer Drug Control’, were delighted to attend this year’s Drug Policy Alliance Reform conference in Washington DC thanks, in large part, to the Open Society Foundations scholarship programme which enabled myself, Anne-Marie Cockburn and Cara Lavan from the project to attend.
On Tuesday 14th July, we launched our new campaign ‘Anyone’s Child: Families for Safer Drug Control’ by heading to 10 Downing Street with a network of families whose lives have been wrecked by our current approach to drugs.
When I found out about the new #CrushDabWait campaign launched last week I felt relieved that common sense was finally prevailing. My only wish is that this campaign had existed 23 months ago before I lost my only child to an accidental ecstasy overdose.
Today marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Jake Coe. Cara Levan, Jake’s partner, has produced the following short video to mark the anniversary and to help trail our new project, Anyone’s Child: Families for Safer Drug Control.
This morning, following several new (and incredibly generous) donations towards our new project, we passed our fundraising target of £10,000. 197 people donated in total, and we’d like to sincerely thank every single one of them – as well as our supporters who tweeted, Facebooked or otherwise promoted the project – for their amazing kindness and support.
As I sat in the emergency room at the hospital, my eyes were fixed on the flat-line: a single beat is all I wanted, such a subtle sign indicating that life within Martha still existed. I yearned for a single beat, the only beat I was left with was my own.
My name is Anne-Marie Cockburn. Last July, I received the phone call that no parent ever wants, saying that my 15-year-old daughter, Martha, was gravely ill as a result of an ecstasy overdose. She died two hours later.