By Bronwyn Donaghy
At 15 Anna wooden went to a celebration and took an ecstasy capsule. 3 days later she was once lifeless. A lifestyles destroyed. A relations devastated. She was once simply fifteen. She used to be leaving university to begin the activity of her desires. She was once attractive, she had a loving kinfolk and numerous buddies. but on 21 October 1995, Anna wooden took an ecstasy pill at a dance social gathering and died 3 days later. A lifestyles destroyed, a relatives devastated, a neighborhood in surprise. Bronwyn Donaghy interviewed neighbors, kinfolk and various pros so one can write the tale of the conditions surrounding Anna′s dying and of her family′s selection to aim and switch tragedy right into a optimistic strength for stable. it's a tale of our occasions, a narrative with robust resonances for Anna′s new release and their mom and dad, for counsellors, medical professionals and academics, for someone who values the sanctity of existence. three i've got taken every kind of substances, not likely understanding what they have been and why I did it. Then i discovered this publication. I vowed by no means to take medicines back yet it′s only a disgrace it took the lifetime of a stunning, proficient woman to make me comprehend how risky it was.′ BC, elderly 17, New South Wales i have not attempted illicit medicines and even though i used to be curious to take action ... the data supplied during this publication has scared me clear of that forever.′ LO, elderly sixteen, Western Australia ҵre, I′ve had mom and dad supply me lectures approximately now not shooting up and stuff however it didn′t particularly have an effect on me till I learn Anna′s tale and realised what they do to dull humans similar to me.′ AE, elderly 15, Queensland
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