Meet the families. The stories below tell how the members of Anyone’s Child have been negatively affected by the drug war, and why they chose to become part of this campaign. Please read and share.
I lost my partner, and my son lost his father, because heroin users are criminalised.
My friend might still be alive if it weren’t for the stigma created by our drug laws.
Maricela’s family has been torn apart by the drug cartels empowered by prohibition.
Karyn is separated from her partner, because of excessively harsh US drug laws.
My only child might still be alive if ecstasy was regulated.
My cousin and my closest friends have died because of wrong-headed drug policies.
I lost my brother because his drug use was criminalised and stigmatised.
I lost my two sons to overdoses that may have been preventable.
My brother needed compassion, not criminalisation.
Our son’s life has been blighted by the UK’s drug laws.
My daughter’s death made me see the need for drug policy reform.
My brother was murdered because drugs are left in the hands of criminals.
We lost our son, Danny, to addiction.
From what I’ve seen, Poland’s harsh drug laws do more harm than good.
My daughter might still be alive if the government had moved the drugs discussion into the 21st century.
My brother was killed in a drug deal gone wrong.
We lost two sons to heroin because of the drug war.
My two sons are imprisoned due to mandatory minimum sentences for drug offences.
I lost my son to drugs, because US laws meant he didn’t get the help he needed.
The drug laws stopped my son getting the medical care he desperately needed.
My husband died because he had no way of knowing how pure or potent his drug of choice was.
My friends and I were harmed because drug laws prioritise punishment over care and support.
My nephew might still be alive if he had been able to obtain his heroin from a doctor, rather than a street dealer.
No parent should discover their child’s body – but, given current legislation and criminalisation of users, this is unlikely.
If his dose of heroin was regulated, Aidan might still be alive today
I wish we could do things differently, so that drugs weren’t sold on the streets but regulated…
Dylan will be forever 21, his brother is now an only child and the dinner table will always have an empty chair at it…
Having lost four sons to the drug war, I can safely say that the current war is not a war against drugs trafficking, nor against drugs themselves. It is a war against families.
I believe that current drug policy is the biggest barrier to recovery.
My experience as a police officer has shown me that our drug laws do not keep communities safe.
My brother died from a synthetic drug overdose. Bad policies and lack of education cost him his life.
I would sleep more easily if I knew that my daughter’s supply of powerful drugs was in the hands of a GP instead of criminals.