An alert has been issued over hundreds of missing drugs bought online and believed to be circulating in Derry after some of the pills were seized following a house party.
Sinn Fein Councillor Tony Hassan raised the alarm after community representatives and local people recovered around 60 tablets in the Bloomfield Park area of the city last weekend.
Martin Connolly, co-ordinator with Outer North Community Restorative Justice told the Journal that further investigations have revealed that the tablets were part of a haul of 1,000 tranquilliser-type tablets.
He said they now have received reliable information that the drugs were bought over the internet as a single lot and placed inside packaging for diabetes medication.
Around 40 of the tablets are believed to have been consumed at a house party somewhere in the Galliagh estate last weekend.
Mr Connolly said: “The other tablets are still about and as far as we are aware at the moment they are about the town. Police are aware of this.
“Young people are going to these parties, drinking, taking these and other drugs and the danger is these are internet sourced drugs.”
Sinn Fein Councillor Tony Hassan urged local parents to be vigilant, as he revealed that in a separate incident a quantity of what appears to be cannabis was found by a local person in the Menaleck Walk area of Shantallow.
“There are growing concerns over the prevalence of this type of activity in the estates here,” Colr. Hassan said.
“I want to make parents aware that this sort of thing is going on and I want to ask them to ensure their children are not buying these tablets on the internet. “Parents would need to know what their young ones are doing.
“These tablets are dangerous- these are not the type of tablets people have received through prescriptions, and taking them with other drugs and drink can cause harm to themselves.”