Local residents concerned about drug use in Newtowncloughoge

Declan McAteer Posted by
declan@newrytimes.com
Saturday, April 14th, 2012
Community

Sinn Féin Slieve Gullion Councillor Packie McDonald has been contacted by a number of concerned residents from the Newtowncloughoge area regarding the issue of drug dealing, drug taking and alcohol abuse in the area.

Councillor McDonald said, “Local people are very concerned about this developing trend and they have told me of a lot of drug related activity taking place around the BT Phonebox. Parents are particularly worried that their children may become targets for unscrupulous drug dealers. Drug abuse impacts on the whole community, not just those who are taking drugs as there is usually a rise in crime associated with drug taking. This impacts on everybody’s quality of life and cannot be tolerated.”

“We cannot allow our young people to become victims to these drug pushers and I would urge people to contact the PSNI regarding any suspicious behaviour or suspicious cars to help rid our area of the scourge of drugs. I also urge all landlords to make sure that their tenants live up to their responsibilities and behave in a neighbourly way as much as possible.”

Councillor McDonald concluded by urging those with a drug or alcohol problem to seek help as soon as possible, “Young people need to know that there are agencies out there designed to help them and anyone who feels they are in trouble should call the National Drugs Helpline/Talk to Frank on 0800 77 66 00.”


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