Heartbroken Gravesend mum pleas: ‘Resist drugs’

PUBLISHED: 13:58 29 December 2010

Angela Pett whose daughter died after taking drugs

Angela Pett whose daughter died after taking drugs


The mother of a girl who died of a drugs overdose is calling for end-of-year revellers to resist the temptation to use illegal substances.

Angela Pett, 47, of Valley Drive, Gravesend, has campaigned tirelessly to publicise the dangers of cocaine and other class A drugs since the death of her 20-year-old daughter Haniska in October 2008.

Now before New Year’s eve, Mrs Pett is calling for party-goers to think about the dangers of taking drugs to risk another death due to drugs.

She said: “No one thinks they are going to die from anything, from walking across the road, to taking drugs, and young people in particular think they are infallible. They have to realise is what they are taking probably isn’t pure cocaine.”

“The police have been working hard to crack down on drug dealers and they do an excellent job but one result is there are greedy people out there who are still determined to make money and what they are selling just becomes cut with all kinds of weird stuff to fill it out.”

A toxicology report following Haniska’s death showed her blood contained a wide range of drugs, some originating from household cleaning products.

Mrs Pett launched her campaign - Anti-drugs Angels earlier this year and has been working with clubs and bars in the town to warn against cocaine and other drugs.

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