About Anyone's Child

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

If Ben knew what he was taking he would still be alive today

By | July 16th, 2018|Uncategorized|

This blog was written by Cara, a film maker and a member of Anyone’s Child Three years after her son died from an ecstasy related drug overdose, a grieving mother speaks out. Nadia's son, Ben, died in 2015 from an accidental overdose This month, 15 year old Shakira Pellow died after taking what she [...]

Three years on and change is happening

By | July 13th, 2018|Uncategorized|

This blog was written by Jane Slater, Anyone's Child campaign manager 14 July is our three year anniversary - here are some of the highlights from the past three years: “When I joined Anyone’s Child I wasn't sure what I had to offer the group - but I knew my boys would have wanted me [...]

“I felt energised and empowered” – Anyone’s Child lobby MPs to end the drug war

By | July 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|

This blog was written by our intern, Olly Last week, I had the pleasure of working for Transform as an intern. It was a fascinating time, the undoubted highlight of which was travelling to Westminster, on 26 June, alongside the Anyone’s Child campaign. In tandem with the UN’s International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit [...]

Glimmer of light: Could Sajid Javid make a difference on drug policy?

By | June 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|

This blog by Rose Humphries was originally published by The first time I met the new home secretary was when he came to my house. Sajid Javid is our local MP and he came over to hear the story of how two of our sons had been killed by heroin. It was 2015. I'd [...]

The blog I wish I didn’t need to write

By | May 31st, 2018|Uncategorized|

Is there anybody else out there who has had a child criminalised or imprisoned for a drug offence and feels that it was cruel and unjust? Is there anyone who knows that their child’s life was changed or blighted unnecessarily, and will stick their neck out and say so, to try to end this cruel [...]

Going hard on drugs is a disastrous mistake

By | May 29th, 2018|Uncategorized|

“Campaigners are tragically misguided in claiming that decriminalisation will solve anything,” wrote Melanie Phillips in a dangerously misleading article about the UK’s current approach to drugs. The article comes as a response to the tragic deaths of two more young people to accidental ecstasy overdoses at a festival last weekend. We are appalled. How did [...]

Public Event: Devon Takes Drugs Seriously

By | May 10th, 2018|Uncategorized|

    Devon Takes Drugs Seriously: Bereaved families, ex-undercover cop and South West charity call for drugs to be legalised and regulated.   "Banning the production, sale and use of drugs endangers us all, but particularly the most vulnerable. Legal regulation would put doctors, pharmacists and government in control of the drug trade, and put [...]

Demonising Drug Use Is Just Not The Way – a poem by Jake Coe

By | April 28th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Today our thoughts go to Jake Coe and his family, as this day marks four years since his death. Jake's partner, Cara, wants to share this powerful poem written by Jake before he died. Unfortunately, his words still ring true today. Demonising drug use is not the way, and only makes thing worse. Please listen [...]

Zahra’s story: Why families are taking on Kenya’s drug laws

By | April 26th, 2018|Uncategorized|

This blog was originally posted on Drugreporter Meet Zahra, a mother from Kenya, who is speaking up against punitive drug policies. The video was produced with the support of Drugreporter. We'd like to say a huge thank you to Drugreporter for making this possible.  In this short film, produced by Cara Lavan, a member of [...]

Lack of sensible UK drug policy means young people are forced to play ‘Roulette’ with drugs

By | April 16th, 2018|Uncategorized|

This blog was written by Calum Smith, Anyone's Child Families for Safer Drug Control  (Tribe of Frog club night in Bristol. by Joss Smithson, Flickr) Desire for group identity is a part of life during the first term of anyone’s degree. While some people find a sense of group belonging in korfball or [...]