Dungannon and Cookstown PSNI reissue warning over dangers of drugs

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THE PSNI in Dungannon and Cookstown have reiterated their warning about the dangers of taking drugs.

It has been well documented in the Press that police are investigating a number of sudden deaths across Northern Ireland, which may have a possible link to drugs.

Local Police are reassuring their communities that they are continuing to work hard to tackle the issue of drugs. Drugs remain a policing priority for police, however it cannot be a policing issue alone and I would ask the public to assist us by reporting anything they know or suspect about the taking or dealing of drugs.

The misery drugs can cause to communities, to families, to those who get involved in drugs cannot be measured. Officers continue to disrupt and arrest those involved in the sale and supply of drugs in an effort bring these individuals before the courts and work with communities and partner agencies to reduce the threat of harmful and illegal activity. There is no such a thing as recreational drugs. All drugs that are not taken as prescribed by your own doctor can be dangerous and even life threatening. The taking of illegal drugs can be particularly more dangerous as it is often unclear what the drug is.

Some advice:

• People should be particularly careful if they are offered green coloured tablets with a logo of a crown or castle on them.

• Do not take controlled drugs.

• Do not take prescription medication that has not been prescribed for you.

• Do not mix either with alcohol.

The consequences of ignoring this advice are 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.