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I lived for 5,742 days, 7 hours & 36 minutes


On 20th July 2013 I swallowed 1/2 a gram of MDMA powder (ecstasy), that turned out to be 91% pure. I died from an accidental overdose within two hours. 

Despite this, David Cameron says what's in place is working,  but making it illegal didn't protect me and every week 40 more people die in the UK of drug-related deaths. 

My mum wants all dangerous drugs taken out the hands of criminals and passed to medical professionals. Please help her to prevent other families suffering due to the failings of the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act.

See below for more info...

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I lived for 5,742 days, 7 hours & 36 minutes


On 20th July 2013 I swallowed 1/2 a gram of MDMA powder (ecstasy), that turned out to be 91% pure. I died from an accidental overdose within two hours. 

Despite this, David Cameron says what's in place is working,  but making it illegal didn't protect me and every week 40 more people die in the UK of drug-related deaths. 

My mum wants all dangerous drugs taken out the hands of criminals and passed to medical professionals. Please help her to prevent other families suffering due to the failings of the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act.

See below for more info...

Martha Fernback’s mum speaks out… 

Martha Fernback and her mum, Anne-Marie Cockburn

I have spent many hours painstakingly deliberating about drug policy since my precious girl died. As I write this, I have been without Martha for 754 days and can’t believe that I'm starting to slowly carve out a new life for myself. 

Being a bereaved single parent is the worst job in the world, but I will do whatever I can to prevent any other parent ever knowing how it feels to be me. Sadly I receive many emails from other families who have also lost a loved one and that drives me to keep pushing for an evidence-based approach to drug policy.

What is crystal clear to me is that the legal regulation of all drugs is vital. So what does this actually mean? It means taking drugs out of the hands of dealers and treating them in the same way as pharmaceuticals. Licensed drugs are labelled, ingredients are listed and necessary dosage information is provided. 

Prohibition has in fact achieved the exact opposite of what it was supposed to, there is currently a free-for-all 100% run by criminals - there is no minimum age or need for I.D. Under prohibition, it is also impossible to fully educate people as there is no way to tell what drugs contain, but despite this, many people are still willing to take risks.

Martha mistakenly took enough for 5-10 people in one go - had she known what she was about to take was 91% pure, she would probably have taken a lot less, in fact I’d go as far as to say that she might still be alive. 

It is important to stress that we need to do what we can in order to deter young people from taking drugs. However, under a regulatory model, even if drugs got into the hands of younger people, the dangers would be significantly less than they currently are under prohibition.

We must take control of drugs in order to establish a healthier and safer society, and that means the legal regulation of all drugs. If you'd like to help me, please email to discuss how, or make a donation to Martha's fund. 

Thank you,

Anne-Marie Cockburn (Martha’s mum)