School drugs programme set up to prevent deaths
Parents of teen who died at rave launch awareness scheme
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.