Meet the Mums Legalising Drugs

By | March 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|

Last night we had the latest of the Anyone's Child events with two of our mums from other sides of the globe. The evening was a powerful and inspiring symbol of the urgent need for international drug policy reform. Decca Aitkenhead, the wonderful Guardian journalist, interviewed Donna May, the mother who changed Canadian drug policy, and Anne-Marie Cockburn, one [...]

Why Kenya shouldn’t follow a militarized approach to drugs

By | March 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|

This blog was written by Lugard Abila, campaign manager of Anyone's Child Kenya “The global war on drugs has been fought for more than 50 years without preventing the long term trend of increasing drug supply and use. Beyond this  failure, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has identified  many serious  negative “unintended [...]

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 [...]