Newry MLA calls for urgent action over ‘escalating Newry drug problem’

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Friday, January 19th, 2018
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SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has called for urgent multi-agency action to tackle a growing drug problem in Newry. 

Speaking to Newry Times, McNulty explained, “Illegal drugs are a scourge on our society, they have a devastating impact on those who suffer from addiction, their families and our community. 



“This problem needs to be tackled at source, focusing on the dealers who peddle the drugs. The supply chain must be targeted and targeted in a meaningful way by the PSNI, An Garda Síochána and all involved in tackling crime on this island.

“In recent days we have seen a man lose his life and it is suspected that drugs may have been involved in this terrible event. This is a sad and sinister development. Murder in any situation is wrong, and must be condemned.

“The use of hard and recreational drugs has become all too prevalent in our society,” he continued. “I have heard harrowing stories from youth workers and sports coaches who describe the problem as an epidemic. 



“Young people are involved in everything from cannabis to heroin, not to mention addiction to prescription drugs.

“The reasons for initial drug use can be complex and I believe we need an all-encompassing approach to helping those who are caught up in addition.

“My colleagues and I are to meet Senior Police locally in the coming days. However, this must be more than a policing response.

The local MLA added, “We need a multi-agency response to include the health, education, sport and the community and voluntary sectors and most importantly young people and those who have been impacted by addiction. This needs action and needs action now.”

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