Warning after prescription drug boxes found strewn around Limavady estates

One of the empty boxes of Diazepam found in the Coolessan area.
One of the empty boxes of Diazepam found in the Coolessan area.
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Parents are being warned to be vigilant after empty boxes of the prescription drug Diazepam were found strewn on pathways in estates in Limavady.

Parents are being warned to be vigilant after empty boxes of the prescription drug Diazepam were found strewn on pathways in estates in Limavady.

The ‘Journal’ was contacted by Coolessan Community Association about a number of empty boxes of the drug - a tranquillising muscle-relaxant - found discarded at the rear of Gorteen Crescent and Irwin Avenue.

“We started to notice these boxes approximately three months ago. Parents taking their children to shops and to school have seen the empty boxes lying about the pathways. Recently, parents have voiced their fears that, had these boxes not been empty, a young child would possibly mistake them for sweets,” said a spokesperson for the Association.

“I’m unsure if it’s people abusing these tablets or, if it’s coincidental boxes are been reported to be found near the local amenity centre. There are no names on the boxes, or names of what chemist they have been dispensed from.”

The spokesperson added: “The fear is now it’s approaching the summer holidays, children of all ages will be out playing and, God forbid, they should come across a blister of the tablets and mistakenly take them.”

HURT Founder and project co-coordinator, Sadie O’Reilly, urged parents to talk with their children about the dangers of drugs from a young age.

“We all need to be aware,” she said.

Police urge anyone who finds abandoned drugs of any kind, including prescription medication, to contact them immediately to ensure their safe disposal.