About Anyone's Child

Anyone's Child is a network of families who have been negatively affected by our drug laws.

3 powerful challenges to prohibition

By | February 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|

This is a blog by Mary Ryder, coordinator of Anyone's Child: Families for Safer Drugs Control After half a century of fighting and a trillion dollars wasted on an ineffective and counterproductive policy, the drug war is a colossal failure. Yet while drug violence is a common topic in contemporary literature and film, from Breaking Bad to Narcos, we [...]

“Martha would be turning 20 this year”

By | February 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|

This is adapted from a speech given by Anyone's Child member,  Anne-Marie Cockburn, at the University of Essex's THINK debate: 'the War on the War on Drugs' Anne-Marie alongside LEAP UK speaking at University of Essex's THINK debate - The War on the War on Drugs I’ve had a break for a few [...]

We are the 90%, who said “Yes” to drugs

By | February 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|

This is a guest blog by Eva from the Czech Republic   Growing up in a country with a liberal drug policy (the Czech Republic) does not necessarily mean that you will appreciate it. It takes time, until you see how the rest of the world is dealing with this “problem”. I put [...]

Why Trainspotting is a great film, but a missed opportunity

By | February 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|

An Anyone’s Child take on the characters in T2 Caution - contains spoilers! This is a blog by Mary Ryder, coordinator of Anyone's Child: Families for Safer Drugs Control Trainspotting 2 is an emotional film, and a really gripping one. It is a harrowing depiction of 20 wasted years; the product of a vicious cycle of crime, [...]

Press Release: Bereaved Families Calling for Drug Legalisation

By | December 8th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Press Release 08 December 2016 - No embargo    Bring 1930s Anti-Prohibition Car to Bristol Photo and Interview Opportunity What: This week is the anniversary of the end of US alcohol Prohibition. Bereaved Parents will call for drug legalisation because Prohibition still doesn’t work. They will protest using a 1930s car like one used in US anti-alcohol [...]

Rose Humphries Addresses Conservative Party Conference 2016

By | October 10th, 2016|Stories, Uncategorized|

Speech for Anyone's Child fringe meeting at Conservatives Party Conference 2016   My name is Rose Humphries. I am a mother of two much-loved sons who both died from heroin. I want to tell you why I’m calling for legal regulation of drugs, through my sons’ stories. For half a century our laws have not [...]

One Year On – Huge Strides by Families for Legal Regulation

By | July 14th, 2016|Uncategorized|

It seems hard to believe that it's a full year today we launched the Anyone's Child campaign with the help of our amazing group of families. Together, they took their first bold steps arm in arm along Downing Street to deliver a letter to David Cameron (my, how quickly things change!) calling for the legal regulation [...]

There is Always Hope (speech given by Anne-Marie Cockburn in Oxford, July 5 2016)

By | July 11th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Many of you here will know my story already, but for those of you who don’t - I am Martha’s mum. I am so very proud to stand here tonight next to the image of my girl. When I gave birth to Martha at the John Radcliffe Hospital in 1997 she looked at me with [...]

Twice-bereaved father calls on David Cameron to legalise and regulate drugs to keep other children safe

By | June 14th, 2016|Uncategorized|

This blog was written by Anyone's Child project coordinator Jane Slater “I have come to accept that this is, sadly what kids do [take drugs]. But if they had known what they were taking, my boys would be alive today. I don’t want more families to suffer like mine.” Ray Lakeman, from the [...]

The Psychoactive Substances Act 2016: a member of Anyone’s Child gives their opinion

By | June 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|

This blog was written by Anyone's Child member Mick Humphreys.   The Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 (the “Act”), which was passed and published on 28 January 2016, came into force, or “commenced” on 26 May 2016. The Act defines what a psychoactive substance is under sections 2 as “any substance which is capable of producing a psychoactive [...]