Deadly drugs warning issued

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The Derry public have been put on alert as police continue to probe whether the ‘sudden and unexplained’ deaths of eight young people from across the North are drugs related. One of the deaths is believed to have taken place in the County Derry area.

The alert has been issued by police as they await further forensic results, however they have reiterated an appeal regarding green coloured tablets with a logo of a crown or castle on them. Appeals have also been made regarding the mixing of prescription drugs and alcohol.

Declan McLaughlin, Youth Support Worker with Derry drug and alcohol education organisation DIVERT has also urged caution and appealed to anyone in the city who is offered these type of tablets or similar to say no.

He told the Sunday Journal: “People need to understand that drug dealers are only interested in profit, they do not care about the health and wellbeing of the people they’re selling to and no-one know what’s in these tablets. We would urge caution until we know the result of these investigations and would also emphasise how dangerous it is to misuse prescription drugs.

A police spokesperson said last night that the PSNI are waiting for the results of forensic tests before deciding on an appropriate course of action but described the consequences of ignorning the advice issued as “very dangerous and potentially life-threatening.” Police would ask anyone who is aware of any individual involved in the supply of controlled drugs to contact their local police on 0845 600 8000. Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”