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Calls made for mandatory drug education in schools after teen dies

The parents of a 16-year-old boy who died after taking the drug ecstasy have asked that drug education is made mandatory in schools across the UK.  Daniel Spargo-Mabbs of Addiscombe died after taking the drug at an illegal warehouse party on January 20th last year.

He and his friends bought 2.5 grams of MDMA before heading to the rave in Hayes. While Daniel’s friends took some of the drug on the train, Daniel mixed his with water before taking it at the rave itself. He collapsed in the early hours of the morning and was rushed to Hillingdon Hospital just after 4am. Doctors spent two days trying to save his life, but Daniel couldn’t be saved as he slipped into hyperthermia, with a dangerously high temperature, and suffered acute kidney and liver failure.

Now, his parents, Tim and Fiona Spargo-Mabbs, have called for drug education to be made mandatory in schools. Mr Spargo-Mabbs, 51, spoke to the court at the inquest into his son’s death, saying, “There’s no verbalising the loss we all feel and there is no end to the pain we all feel. What there is, however, is a determination that we can prevent this happening to anyone else. That is the best we can pray for now.”

Daniel’s parents have founded a charity in his name to help educate young people about the dangers of drugs, but they want to go further, with 47-year-old Tina Spargo-Mabbs saying, “The thing we would really like to happen is for drugs education to be mandatory. At the moment schools don’t have to do it.  We would love it if, rather than schools being thought of as dodgy schools because do they drugs education and therefore must have a drugs problem, actually it was something no school did not do.  It is a culture change.”

Their calls for mandatory drug education have even been supported by the coroner, Sarah Ormond-Walshe, who wrote an open letter backing the work of the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation, stating, “It would be wrong of me to do nothing. I have to do something to assist.” The coroner continued, “I have been very, very impressed with not only how courageous, how positive and how much dignity the family have had. I’ve been impressed by what they are doing in relation to the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation.”

About Lynette Daly

Lynette is the publishing editor of Moving On magazine. Moving On is devoted to helping young people make good choices for their future – education, qualifications and careers. Moving On really wants to motivate you! Our articles cover a range of topics to inspire and give ideas. Our magazines are delivered free to all schools, colleges and sixth forms in England and is also available online.

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