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About Anyone's Child

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

Bereaved families call on UK government to take urgent action to end UK drug crisis

By | February 25th, 2020|Uncategorized|

This week the UK and Scottish governments are holding drug summits (on 26th/27th February) to discuss the growing UK drug crisis. In 2019 the UK once again recorded the highest level of drug deaths since records began with some 4,265 dying across the UK, including 1,187 in Scotland. Campaigners from Anyone’s Child: Families for Safer [...]

Inside Mexico’s war on drugs: Conversations with ‘el narco’

By | February 11th, 2020|Uncategorized|

In this blog, Dr Karina Garcia Reyes shares her experience interviewing Mexican drug cartels for her PHD research. Which sheds light on the catastrophic impact of drug prohibition and how it fails to protect vulnerable people from harm and the futility of governments to fight violence with violence.  This article is republished from The Conversation [...]

Working for a Fundamentally New Approach to Drugs

By | February 4th, 2020|Uncategorized|

This blog was written by Jane Slater, Anyone's Child Campaign Manager and Transform Drug Policy Foundation's Deputy CEO. This piece was originally written for Bristol 24/7.  Anyone's Child family members, activists and members of the public gathered on College Green on Saturday to mark the lives of those who have died from drug [...]

Bristol: Take Drugs Seriously

By | December 13th, 2019|Uncategorized|

THE BIG DEBATE. Thursday 23 January, from 5pm, Colston Hall From 5pm – Free exhibition Your chance to see the latest research and insights into drug use, supply and harm reduction. Includes presentations and interactive exhibits on addiction, drug cultures, drug markets, psychedelics, opioid use and more. Speak to experts, see new perspectives, [...]

Press Release: Manchester:Take Drugs Seriously

By | November 7th, 2019|Press releases|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  24th October 2019 Listings/diary Manchester: Take Drugs Seriously Bereaved families, politicians and former police call for the legal regulation of the drugs market. Bereaved families, politicians and former police officers will be discussing a new approach to illegal drugs in Manchester on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 November. Uniting through sharing their [...]

Cautious Optimism To Tangible Hope – Labour Conference 2019

By | October 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|

This is a guest blog by John Hirst – Labour Member Bristol East CLP and Anyone’s Child Activist. A year ago, following the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool, I wrote a blog for Anyone’s Child entitled ‘Change is Coming’ in response to the encouraging drug policy discussions I saw in the city. A year on [...]

Prison, Race, Rehabilitation and Wasted Potential

By | October 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|

This blog was written by Sunny Dhadley, a part-time consultant for Transform Drug Policy Foundation working to build the Anyone’s Child network in the Midlands. In September I attended an event UK Policy, Race, Cannabis & Business learning the lessons from US cannabis legalisation. The event was co-organised by Blaksox, Transform Drug Policy Foundation, Stopwatch [...]

When Cops Turn Against the Drug War

By | September 20th, 2019|Uncategorized|

This blog was written by journalist Tessie Castillo. Commissaris Muyshondt, sorry to bother you,” said a voice over the phone. “We arrested your brother this morning. Just thought you should know.” On the other end of the line, Officer Peter Muyshondt closed his eyes and breathed deeply. Not again. “Thanks for the heads-up,” Muyshondt replied in Dutch, [...]

Grieving my Own Childhood

By | September 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|

This is an anonymous blog about the grief and sadness of losing a childhood because of prohibition. photo by PasquaTek_001, 2007 "Only ignorance would lead you to believe that this might not be a reality for your child at some point. Only now the drugs are much stronger and the market is controlled [...]

How I Became a Drug Policy Activist

By | August 27th, 2019|Uncategorized|

This blog was written by Transform Drug Policy Foundation volunteer, Sorcha, about how and why she became a drug policy activist. I started my journey at Cascade Creative Recovery, a community café run by people with substance misuse issues. Cascade provides a social network, safe space and creative courses to people in [...]