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Mother who lost two sons to heroin addiction calls for changes in drugs laws

A mother, who lost two of her three sons to heroin addiction is calling for changes in drugs laws.

Jake Coe died from an overdose 11 years after that of his younger brother Roland. For their mother, one loss laid a grim foundation for the next.

Rose Humphries who lives in Bromsgrove now campaigns against the criminalisation of addicts, arguing that their problem is medical.

Jake Coe died from an overdose 11 years after that of his younger brother Roland. Credit: Family photo

"I lived with constant anxiety, as though I had got some sort of turmoil inside me all the time, and it was a rollercoaster of hope and dissappointment.

"I did actually come to the end of my tether once with Jake and I told him that he just had to go and we had to put him out through the door with his belongings in bags.

"As he was going down the drive, as we were forcing him to go down the drive, he was shouting at me that I didn't love him and things like this, and it was the most awful thing I've ever done. I couldn't bear it.

"But you felt like you'd tried everything else at that point".

Rose Humphries now campaigns against the criminalisation of addicts. Credit: ITV News Central

Rose now runs an organisation, Anyone's Child, a network of families that campaigns against the criminalisation of addicts.

They believe that by making drugs illegal, the market has become handed to criminals, rather than the government.

"I don't think my boys who have got into drugs, to the extent they did, if they hadn't been illegal.

"The fact that they are illegal makes them far too widely available to anybody of any age, drug dealers don't care who they're selling to."

There will always be those who balk at the prospect of what they see as softer drug laws, but Rose Humphries believes that the solution is government regulation of the drug supply.