An estimated £3,000 worth of “poisonous” drugs have been recovered in Derry.
500 tablets - believed to be a new version of the notorious “Blues” drug - were handed into the Rosemount Resource Centre by the IRSP.
Community worker Hugh Brady described the find as “deeply worrying” but said it was symptomatic of the city’s drugs scourge.
“The impression we have is that it’s an Ecstasy-type drug,” Mr. Brady told the ‘Journal’. “We believe they’re an updated version of the ‘Blues’ which was responsible for a number of deaths in Belfast a few years ago.”
Mr. Brady branded the drugs - estimated to retail on the street at about £6 each - “poison”.
“If the drugs discovered in Derry are similar to the ‘Blues’, then we’re talking about something with the potential to kill.
“Apart from directly killing people in Belfast, they also caused serious mental health problems which, in a number of cases, resulted in some young people taking their own lives.
“I would appeal to young people to avoid these drugs - any drugs, for that matter. In many cases, young people have no idea what they’re putting into their bodies - many of these drugs are nothing more than poison.
“I would ask young people, if they’re offered these drugs for sale, to tell us or the police. It’s crucial this poison is taken off the streets once and for all.”
Mr. Brady praised the IRSP for ensuring that, on this occasion, “the death dealers don’t have the opportunity to poison our young people.”
The Rosemount community worker acknowledged that Derry’s drugs problem was a “major cause for concern.”
He added: “The issue won’t be solved by RAAD or other groups but only by educating our young people about the very real dangers associated with the misuse of drugs.”