(L-R) Cllr Thomas Kerrigan (PCSP chair), Dessie Kyle (HURT), Ann-Marie McCourt (DIVERT), Constable Alan McGonagle (PSNI) and Andy Patton (PCSP vice chair).

PCSP Launches Drug Awareness Campaign

STRABANE Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) has launched an advertising campaign highlighting that taking drugs just once, can kill.

This campaign comes on the back of recent reports that drugs usage, especially among young people, has become much more socially acceptable than ever before.

The latest meeting of the PCSP in Strabane heard how legal high packaging had been found in a local school. It has since been claimed that children as young as 14 are using the drugs.

It was also reported at the meeting that but for the intervention of drug and alcohol awareness bodies, Strabane would have witnessed an increase in the number of young people taking their own lives due to drug addictions.

Chairman of Strabane PCSP, Thomas Kerrigan stated, “People throughout the Strabane District Council area are gravely concerned about how acceptable it has become for people to use recreational drugs. Time and time again, we are being told that the peer pressure among young people is leading to many young people dabbling in drugs. The mis-conception is that because everyone else is doing it, that somehow there’s no harm. Strabane PCSP wants to highlight that the first time you use drugs could be your last and could result in death.”

He added “Agencies such as HURT, DIVERT and PSNI recently gave presentations to Strabane PCSP on the availability of drugs in our district and what they have said is frightening. I urge all young people to think twice before they use illegal substances, as you have no way of knowing the long-term harm it can have on you, your friends and your family.”

Councillor Kerrigan was speaking after the public meeting of Strabane PCSP, which was themed around the issue of drugs.