Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Heroin Is Killing My Daughters, Says Wife of City Lawyer

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Heroin Is Killing My Daughters, Says Wife of City Lawyer

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Byline: ROB MCNEIL

A MOTHER spoke in full for the first time today about the scourge of heroin which is destroying the lives of three of her four daughters.

Nurse Theresa Dodd, whose husband is a partner in a City law firm, lives in a well-to-do street in Tunbridge Wells, drives a Mercedes, and provided an excellent education for her daughters. But three of them have succumbed to heroin addiction and now Mrs Dodd fears it will begin to kill them.

Today she posed for a poignant picture with eldest daughter Antonia - now recovering from addiction - as she spoke about her fears. Her third daughter Angelica, 21, is living rough on the streets, begging for drugs money.

Serious health problems are already threatening her life.

Mrs Dodd said: "Not long ago Angelica was found lying unconscious in the street and was rushed to hospital suffering from serious liver damage. Her arms were full of drips and she was being fed methadone to stave off her withdrawal symptoms. But it wasn't enough to satisfy her craving.

"She just pulled all of the tubes out of her arms and walked out of the hospital to score more. She doesn't seem to understand that it is killing her."

The plight of Mrs Dodd, 58, and her daughters is a stark reminder of the fact that heroin is no longer exclusively the scourge of urban sink estates and rock stars. The easy availability of heroin in their home town, despite its genteel reputation, has meant that Angelica and her elder sisters Thomasina, 28, and Antonia, 30, all became addicts.

Thomasina still relies on the drug. Mrs Dodd's youngest daughter Seraphina, 19, is not addicted to heroin but has "suffered terribly" watching her sisters slide into addiction.

The stigma attached to heroin means many middle-class parents try to avoid facing the truth about their children's addiction, she believes. …

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