Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Drugs paraphernalia discovery ‘worrying’

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

SDLP Slieve Gullion Councillor Pete Byrne has expressed his concern at the dumping of drugs paraphernalia at Lough Ross near Crossmaglen.

Speaking to Newry Times, Councillor Byrne said, “This is extremely worrying as this latest find is an indictment of how prevalent drug misuse has become in the local community.



“The paraphernalia was removed promptly after I called it in and the area is now safe.

“I want to thank the member of the public for contacting me promptly when it was discovered.

“On any normal day Loughross would have local people coming and going, a lot of them with young children.



“This would have been an extremely dangerous situation had a child discovered this instead.

“I would ask if anyone does come across similar paraphernalia in future that you report it immediately so it can be analysed and disposed of safely by the Council,” he continued.

“This is becoming more and more commonplace and it is glaringly obvious to me that more must be done to help both those suffering from addiction and to educate young people on the very real dangers of this misuse.

“What they may consider as a bit of fun, could cost them their lives.



The local Councillor added, “Drugs do not discriminate- they are destroying lives and families in rural communities.”


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