Elizabeth Burton-Phillips

Long-time campaigner, author and speaker raising awareness of the harm caused to families by drug addiction

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Founded the charity DrugFAM in 2006
Awarded an MBE for her work

Elizabeth is a long-time campaigner in raising awareness of the harm caused to families by drug addiction. Her goal is to influence policy and practice so that the needs of struggling families are better recognised and met.

She founded the charity DrugFAM in 2006, which now helps thousands of people who have been affected by someone’s drug use, including those who have suffered a bereavement through addiction. The charity is open seven days a week from 9am to 9pm via its helpline (0300 888 3853).

In 2012, Mum, Can You Lend Me Twenty Quid? was adapted into a Theatre in Education stage play for schools, police training and prisons, and DrugFAM celebrated its hundredth performance in October 2015 at the Palace of Westminster by invitation of Theresa May MP.

Elizabeth was co-opted onto the government’s Advisory Committee on the Misuse of Drugs New Recovery Committee in 2012, and currently serves as advisor to a number of organisations.

She was nominated as a Woman of Achievement at the Woman of the Year Lunch Awards from 2009-2012, and in 2017 was awarded an MBE by the Queen for services to people who experience drug addiction and their families. Her courage and determination to support families continues to raise awareness of the impact of drug use around the world.

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