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TV warning by mum of cocaine victim

PUBLISHED: 14:52 21 October 2009 | UPDATED: 11:08 23 August 2010

THE mother of a 20-year-old hairdresser who died after taking cocaine has appeared in a television advert warning about drug dangers. Angela Pett, 46, of Valley Drive, Gravesend, took part in the advert made by Kent Police after her daughter Haniska died

THE mother of a 20-year-old hairdresser who died after taking cocaine has appeared in a television advert warning about drug dangers.

Angela Pett, 46, of Valley Drive, Gravesend, took part in the advert made by Kent Police after her daughter Haniska died in October last year.

Popular Miss Pett suffered a fit when she took a combination of drugs, including cocaine and MDMA, at a friend's house.

The hard-hitting, 30-second advert was screened for the first time last Thursday night during an episode of The Bill.

Last Saturday, a convoy of more than 50 cars drove from Gravesend to Southend in memory of Miss Pett, a member of Gravesend-based car club Allsorts Crew.

Mrs Pett, who has been campaigning against drug use since her daughter's death, said: "As a parent, I knew Haniska was doing drugs, but you kind of bury your head in the sand. People need to have their eyes opened to the real dangers of this drug.

"If this advert helps a parent to realise the dangers or makes their child or anyone else think twice about using drugs, then it will have worked."

An inquest into Miss Pett's death in June recorded a verdict of death by misadventure, and revealed high traces of MDMA, the drug used in ecstasy pills, as well as cocaine, in her system.

Mrs Pett said: "It's been a year since Haniska's death, and, of course, things have been difficult for the whole family, but we have done really well. We are coping.

"You have the odd days that are worse than others, when things can get difficult but you get through them.

"The campaigning I have been doing has been one of the things that has helped me cope with losing her. I want as many people as possible to realise what can happen if you take drugs."

Mrs Pett said she had visited schools and been out with police to Gravesend and Dartford pubs and clubs.

She added: "It has been a real eye-opener, and I have seen things I didn't realise went on. I want our main target now to be education. We want to go into schools and teach them. That's where we need to be. That's what it should be all

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