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Parents' warning after daughter's drugs' death

Parents' warning after daughter's drugs' death

Published by Emma Carton at 8:15am 3rd February 2020. (Updated at 8:51am 3rd February 2020)

The grieving family of a young girl who died after taking MDMA in Tavistock have issued a stark warning to other parents.

15-year-old Hannah Bragg suffered a seizure the summer before last.

Now her mum and dad want others to wise up to the dangers, saying 'drugs are out there'.

Two teenage boys have since been handed youth rehabilitation orders after they admitted to supplying Class A drugs.

"If this can happen to her, it can happen to your child too"

Hannah Bragg from Tavistocl
The grieving parents of a young girl who died after taking MDMA have issued a stark warning to other parents. Photo: Hannah Bragg's Family

What happened to Hannah?

On Saturday 23 June 2018, both Hannah and the 16-year-old boy (who was 14 at the time) had taken MDMA near a disused viaduct in Tavistock.

Shortly afterwards, Hannah became unwell and suffered a seizure.

Extensive phone work carried out by detectives on the defendant’s phone showed that he had carried out several internet searches asking what to do with someone who was having a seizure.

After some time searching the internet and contacting a friend, he dialled 999.

Emergency services attended the scene and Hannah was air lifted to Derriford Hospital where, tragically, she was later pronounced dead.

A 16-year-old boy from Yelverton and a 17-year-old boy from Tavistock admitted supplying Class As.

A court heard the pair, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been buying supplies on the 'dark web'.

They have both been handed lengthy youth rehabilitation orders and ordered to carry out hours of unpaid work.

Hannah Bragg from Tavistocl
15-year-old Hannah Bragg from Tavistock suffered a seizure and her parents are flagging up the dangers to other families. Photo: Hannah Bragg's Family

What is the warning from Hannah's parents?

"We believe that our daughter Hannah, died from taking MDMA. We will never know if this was taken by choice, if she was pressured into taking it, or if she took it unknowingly.

"We understand that the 16-year-old defendant (who was 14 at the time) bought this drug off of the 'Dark Web' and had it delivered to his home.

"After researching about MDMA, it has amazed us how little you need to ingest to die, and once ingested we understand that there is no going back.

"The drug can come as a powder or pills and its strength can be from 0 - 84% pure. This makes it very tricky to calculate exactly how much you need to take to make you high, and how much will prove fatal as this is down to the purity of the MDMA, your body weight and other factors. Hannah was only 5ft 2ins and 56kg.

"As parents we need to wise up about drugs as they are so easy to get hold of. We need to learn the symptoms and what to look out for, not only for your own child but more importantly for those whose company they keep.

"It is so easy to think that my child would not take drugs, but they are out there, and they are easily available.

"Unfortunately, children are put under pressure and will take stupid risks but as adults we are there to look out for them, so please do your research about drugs and as parents learn the facts, have that talk and be suspicious no matter how good your child is. For us, it is too late.

"Our daughter Hannah was very well behaved. She played rugby, was a keen horse rider and was very active. She had lots of friends and had a good life. 

"If this can happen to her, it can happen to your child too and I wouldn't want anyone to go through the nightmare we as a family have over the past 19 months. It has totally devastated us and is something that we will never come to terms with".

Hannah Bragg's Parents

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