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US News Mother of student, 22, who died after taking £7 ecstasy in university 'final fling' warns the drug is 'not worth the risk'

19:10  09 may  2018
19:10  09 may  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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The maths student died when her organs overheated during a ' final fling ' session. A mother has warned MDMA is ' not worth the risk ' after her 22 -year-old daughter died taking the drug during a final university 'blow out' with friends.

A student died after taking Ecstasy for the first time while celebrating the end of university with her friends. Joana Burns, 22 , and her friends each paid a dealer £ 7 for the MDMA drug during a night out at the Sheffield University Students ’ Union building, friends have revealed.

Joana Burns, 22, died after taking a homemade MDMA 'bomb' © Associated Newspapers Limited Joana Burns, 22, died after taking a homemade MDMA 'bomb'

A mother has warned MDMA is 'not worth the risk' after her 22-year-old daughter died taking the drug during a final university 'blow out' with friends.

Joana Burns was celebrating finishing her final year of a maths degree at Sheffield Hallam University.

She swallowed an eighth of a gram of the drug in a taxi on the way to a Sheffield University Student Union event, an inquest heard.

a woman who is smiling and looking at the camera: Her grief-stricken mother Mosca Burns told the inquest the drug is 'not worth the risk' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Her grief-stricken mother Mosca Burns told the inquest the drug is 'not worth the risk' The 22-year-old had created two homemade 'MDMA bombs' by splitting the £7 powder into two cigarette wrappers. 

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Grieving mother , 50, whose daughter, 22 , died after taking ecstasy in a ‘ final fling ’ to celebrate finishing her exams collects her maths degree in moving ceremony just months after her death.

A DEVASTATED mother whose talented maths student daughter died after buying an ecstasy tablet for just £ 7 has told of her horror at the “normality” of drug use among young people. Breaking down Mrs Burns said taking drugs was simply “ not worth the risk .”

Joana took one prior to getting to the club The Foundry but vomited the second up minutes after taking it.

She started fitting after complaining she was too hot at around 3.30am on June 6 last year. She later died in hospital.

a person with long hair: Joana's mother collected her posthumous 2.1 degree in July at what would have been her graduation ceremony © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Joana's mother collected her posthumous 2.1 degree in July at what would have been her graduation ceremony Her grief-stricken mother Mosca Burns, from Alfreton, in Derbyshire, collected Joana's posthumous 2.1 degree in July at what would have been her graduation ceremony. 

She said she hoped her daughter, who wanted to be a maths teacher, would be remembered an inspiration for girls to take up maths rather than as a victim of illegal drugs.   

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JustGiving page set up by Hallam will fund drugs awareness education project. A student has died after taking ecstasy for the first time in a A fellow undergraduate has told police Joana was not 'a regular drug user'. They added: 'It was just supposed to be a one-off final fling to finish university .'

Student , 22 , dies after taking ecstasy for first time in ' final fling ' as she celebrates finishing university with her friends. Sheffield Hallam University maths student collapsed at around 5.30am on June 7 . She died that evening while a fellow pupil is still in hospital three weeks on.

a woman sitting on a table: Joana and her boyfriend of three years, Lewis Birch, had one vodka and lemonade and both took a bomb in the taxi © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Joana and her boyfriend of three years, Lewis Birch, had one vodka and lemonade and both took a bomb in the taxi Detective Constable Elizabeth Cooper described the night out as a 'final fling'.

Pathologist Kim Suvarna told the court Miss Burns died from drug toxicity and said the MDMA probably reacted with enzymes in her body to cause it to overheat. 

Dr Suvarna told the coroner:  'There's no such thing as a safe drug, particularly with this kind of psychoactive substance. If you are susceptible, they will kill you.

'The young tend to believe they can do things they wish because they are young and immortal. Unfortunately, that doesn't apply.' 

a group of people posing for the camera: Biomedical student Lewis told the inquest his girlfriend had 'taken MDMA before' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Biomedical student Lewis told the inquest his girlfriend had 'taken MDMA before' The group of six university friends and Joana's boyfriend Lewis Birch had all bought a £7 bag each of MDMA - which amounted to a quarter of a gram.

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Joana Burns, 22 , died after taking an ecstasy tablet on a night out after finishing Uni exams. One of Joana's friends from Sheffield Hallam University said the young woman was not a "regular drug user". She said: "It was just supposed to be a one-off final fling to finish university ."

Joana's friend told police: "It was just supposed to be a one-off final fling to finish university ." The other unnamed student , aged 20, who also took the drug at The Foundry on the same name, was rushed into hospital in a critical condition.

Some of the group admitted taking smaller quantities than 'a bomb' while getting ready for the carnival-themed event at the Student's Union.

Joana and her boyfriend of three years had one vodka and lemonade and both took a bomb in the taxi around 8pm, the inquest heard.

Biomedical student Lewis told the inquest: 'It was £7 for a quarter of a gram which I thought was cheap - before I have paid about £30 for the same amount. 

a group of people posing for the camera: Joana is pictured here at a family celebration with her mother Mosca in the background © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Joana is pictured here at a family celebration with her mother Mosca in the background 'We knew how much to take and the effect because we had looked online and we had also taken this before.

'We had planned the night out as a final night out before we all left and got jobs.  

'We had gone to Tuesday Club because it was known as a place where people took MDMA.

'It wasn't the first time she [Joana] had taken MDMA - she had done it once or twice before. When taking MDMA you feel really really good, but you get really hot quickly.'

Joana's friend Lauren said: 'Joana pulled me outside because she wanted fresh air, she was then sick on her shoe and I could see the MDMA wrapper she hadn't digested was on the floor.' 

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She said that taking drugs was simply ‘ not worth the risk . In a statement given to the police at the time, a friend said Joana, was not ‘a regular drug user’ and it was a ‘one-off final fling to finish University .’

A 22 -year-old maths student died after taking MDMA for a " final fling " to mark the end of university . A South Yorkshire Police report found she and her friends paid £ 7 each for the drug , commonly known as ecstasy .

Recording a conclusion of misadventure, South Yorkshire assistant Abigail Combes said: 'It is unfortunate that it was Joana who was the only one in the group who lost her life.

a woman smiling for the camera: Joana's mother had urged other parents to talk to their children about the risk of taking drugs © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Joana's mother had urged other parents to talk to their children about the risk of taking drugs

'I hope this can give the family some kind of closure from what they have heard today.'

Her heartbroken mother Mosca Burns, 50, said after the hearing: 'There is not really any closure. 

'This is exactly the outcome we expected so it comes as no surprise.' 

She added: 'I didn't really know what goes on at university and this drug culture - but I beg parents to have the talk with their children and the risks that drugs pose.'

A Sheffield Hallam University spokesperson said: 'Joana was a very popular student with a bright future ahead of her, having completed a degree in Mathematics - a subject that she loved and was very passionate about.  

'A harm reduction campaign is currently being delivered by the University's Students' Union which is being part-funded by money raised in memory of Joana Burns.

'Sheffield Hallam is also working with the University of Sheffield and partners on a city-wide campaign aimed at raising awareness of the risks of drug-taking.' 

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