Local community worker Christopher Jackson has said people in a number of areas in the Waterside have raised concerns over drug dealing.
Mr Jackson, who is also a Sinn Féin candidate in the upcoming local government elections, said: “Residents in various parts of the Waterside have raised concerns with myself and Councillor Bridget Meehan that there has been an increase in the selling and availability of illegal drugs.
“Several parents have told us of the devastating effects it is having on local communities and particularly on the lives of our young people.
“There needs to be a two pronged approach to this. Firstly that any young people caught up in this vicious cycle gets as much help and support as they need. The main priority in any approach to tackling drugs must focus on early intervention and prevention. The communities and families at risk from drugs are easily identifiable and this is where resources must be targeted.
“Secondly there needs to be a robust response from the PSNI. Information is key to taking drug dealers off the streets so they can be appended and taken before the courts,” he said.