Mother whose daughter was killed by ecstasy calls for it to be legalised

The mother of a 15-year-old who was killed by ecstasy has made calls for the drug to be legalised.


by Fiona Day |
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Anne-Marie Cockburn’s daughter Martha suffered a cardiac arrest after taking 0.5mg of MDMA, which is commonly known as ecstasy.

Now Anne-Marie is campaigning for drugs to be legalised in an effort to change the ‘dialogue’ when it comes to drugs.

She told The Mirror: ‘Martha wanted to get high, she didn’t want to die.’

‘No parent wants either, but one of those is preferable to the other.’

‘We must start a sensible dialogue for change, from prohibition to strict and responsible regulation of recreational drugs.’

She continued: ‘This will help to safeguard our children and lead to a safer society for us all by putting doctors and pharmacists, not dealers, in control of drugs.’

The drug which Martha took was reportedly 91% pure ecstasy compared to the average street purity level of 58%, according to an inquest into her death.

Friends of the teenager reportedly told investigators that they remember Martha sweating and her temperature rising rapidly after taking the drug.

Martha was taken to hospital after she stopped breathing and fell unconscious. Within an hour she was pronounced dead.

A coroner concluded her death as accidental.

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