The Guardian festival blog: Mother of festival drug death victim says Gladys Berejiklian needs to show courage | Australia news

by Michael McGowan
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The mother of teenager Alex Ross-King, who died from MDMA toxicity at a music festival in January, has called on the New South Wales premier, Gladys Berejiklian, to show “courage” by introducing measures to help stop further drug deaths.

On Wednesday, outside a NSW coronial hearing into six MDMA-related deaths at music festivals, Jennie Ross-King called on the state government to “show the same courage as these group of parents has, who have lost a daughter or a son”.

“It needs to stop here,” she said. “I say this to the premier; premier, thank you for your sympathies. This inquest has bought nothing up in relation to these tragedies for us – we live with this everyday, it doesn’t go away.”

She asked the premier to implement changes to drug policy to “keep our festivalgoers, as a start, safe”. “And ensure no other parent, brother, sister, family or friend must ever endure the unmeasurable anguish we…


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