“When I hear the news that a young person has died and yet another family has joined the bereaved parents’ club, I feel helpless as I wonder how many more people need to die before someone in government will actually do something about it? As I stand by my child’s grave, what more evidence do I need that things must change”

– Anne-Marie Cockburn, Martha’s Mum. 

Drugs can be dangerous: But does banning them cause more harm than good?

Come along to an event organised by ‘Anyone’s Child: Families for Safer Drug Control’, a group of families whose lives have been torn apart because of our disastrous drug laws. Hear directly from affected families and former police officers about why they are now campaigning for a new approach to the UK’s drug problem – one that treats drugs as a health problem and not a criminal one, by taking the trade out of the hands of street dealers and violent gangs. And brings it under the control of the government through strict legal regulation.

Please come and join in this important discussion about how we can make a more effective drug policy that puts our children’s safety first.

The speakers are:

• Anne-Marie Cockburn, Oxford-based author and campaigner whose 15-year-old daughter, Martha, tragically died due to a drug overdose

• Neil Woods, former undercover drugs detective and current member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)

• Jane Slater, coordinator of the Anyone’s Child: Families for Safer Drug Control campaign

There will be a Q and A at the end of the talk, and refreshments will also be provided. Tickets and information are available here.

‘Drugs can be dangerous: But does banning them cause more harm than good?’, hosted by the campaign ‘Anyone’s Child: Families for Safer Drug Control’, in Oxford at St. Barnabas Church, St Barnabas Street, Oxford, OX2 6BG on the 5th July from 18:30-20:30.

Jane Slater is Head of Operations and Fundraising at Transform, and leads the Anyone’s Child campaign.

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