School drugs pro­gramme set up to pre­vent deaths

Par­ents of teen who died at rave launch aware­ness scheme

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

THE par­ents of a teenager who died af­ter tak­ing ec­stasy at a rave in Hayes are pi­lot­ing a drugs aware­ness pro­gramme at his old school.

Fiona and Tim Spar­goMabbs launched the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foun­da­tion fol­low­ing the death of their 16-year-old son Daniel in Jan­uary last year.

The foun­da­tion started the Safer Choices pro­gramme at Arch­bishop Teni­son’s CE High School, in Croydon, on Mon­day.

The pro­gramme will then be adopted by a sec­ond school in Croydon later in the term, be­fore be­ing rolled out more widely from Septem­ber.

Mr and Mrs Spar­goMabbs hope even­tu­ally to con­vince the next gov­ern­ment to in­tro­duce manda­tory drugs ed­u­ca­tion in all UK schools – a cam­paign backed by the coro­ner who led the in­quest into their son’s death.

Mrs Spargo-Mabbs, 47, said: “If young peo­ple don’t have the in­for­ma­tion and skills to be able to make in­formed de­ci­sions, then things like what hap­pened to Dan will keep hap­pen­ing.

“There are risks out there and young peo­ple aren’t al­ways aware of the risks that they’re tak­ing.

“The un­der­ly­ing mes­sage is that this is never go­ing to be some­thing that you can know is safe to do, and the risks out there are much • Ear wax is re­moved quickly and safely • Al­ter­na­tive to ear sy­ring­ing • Same day ap­point­ments avail­able • £40 for one ear, £60 for both ears big­ger than we cer­tainly re­alised, and I think prob­a­bly than a lot of schools re­alise.”

The Safer Choices pro­gramme will con­sist of six weeks of drugs aware­ness lessons, pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion and en­cour­ag­ing stu­dents to think about what drugs are, why peo­ple take them, their im­pact and what the law says.

The pro­gramme will also in­clude es­sen­tial harm re­duc­tion ad­vice and will look at re­silience, peer pres­sure and de­ci­sion mak­ing.

Par­ents and car­ers will have on­line ac­cess to all of the in­for­ma­tion and re­sources via the school’s Vir­tual Learn­ing En­vi­ron­ment.

They will also be able to raise ques­tions or con­cerns with a drugs spe­cial­ist from the foun­da­tion, at a ses­sion to be held at the school at the end of the six weeks.

Al­ter­na­tively, ques­tions can be posted con­fi­den­tially via the foun­da­tion’s web­site or in a Face­book mes­sage.

Mr and Mrs Spargo-

Call Lo­cal Hear­ing for more in­for­ma­tion about ear wax re­moval via mi­cro­suc­tion, (in branch or at home) and free demon­stra­tions of the lat­est hear­ing aid tech­nol­ogy. Mabbs, who live in Croydon, have also recorded YouTube video mes­sages for stu­dents, par­ents and car­ers in­volved with the pro­gramme.

Mrs Spargo-Mabbs, who works for Croydon Adult Learn­ing and Train­ing as a cur­ricu­lum team manager for English, maths and fam­ily learn­ing, said: “It’s so im­por­tant to keep the par­ents in­volved, be­cause as a par­ent my­self, I know what I wish I’d known.

“Also, as a pro­fes­sional work­ing in adult ed­u­ca­tion, work­ing with par­ents and chil­dren in schools, I know that, un­less you have a whole fam­ily ap­proach, do­ing things with young peo­ple is al­ways go­ing to go so far and no fur­ther.”

Daniel was found col­lapsed at a ware­house at the back of an industrial es­tate off Sil­verdale Road on Jan­uary 18 last year, hav­ing con­sumed 0.5g of MDMA.

He was rushed to hos­pi­tal with mul­ti­ple or­gan fail­ure, but de­spite doc­tors’ ef­forts he died two days later.

The dealer who sup­plied the drugs, Nic­queel Pitrora, 18, was jailed for five years in Au­gust last year. DE­TEC­TIVES have shared this CCTV im­age of a sus­pected bur­glar in the hopes that Gazette read­ers can iden­tify him.

The im­age was cap­tured by pri­vately owned se­cu­rity cam­eras at a house in Ick­en­ham, at around 7.20pm on March 24.

Po­lice say the sus­pect forced en­try into the prop­erty, which was un­oc­cu­pied at the time.

They have not re­leased the name of the street in which the bur­glary took place, for fear of iden­ti­fy­ing the oc­cu­pant.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should called 101, quot­ing ref­er­ence num­ber 0906230/15.

Al­ter­na­tively, call Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111.

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