Drug warning after teenagers take legal highs

Pictured with the latest Drugs Campaign is Lynette Cooke, PCSP Development Officer, Chief Inspector Paul Reid, Area Commander, PSNI, Alison Clenaghan, PCSP Manager and Councillor Kenneth Twyble, Chair of PCSP.
Pictured with the latest Drugs Campaign is Lynette Cooke, PCSP Development Officer, Chief Inspector Paul Reid, Area Commander, PSNI, Alison Clenaghan, PCSP Manager and Councillor Kenneth Twyble, Chair of PCSP.

A hard hitting drugs campaign has been launched across Craigavon just a couple of days after two girls were treated in hospital after taking legal highs.

An ambulance was called to Lurgan after the teenagers reported feeling unwell on Sunday morning. They were believed to have smoked a substance called Salvia.

Two men were also treated by paramedics at the scene in Lurgan, but they did not need hospital treatment.

The new drug warning campaign is run by Craigavon Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP). It sees billboards, adshels and posters carrying the message ‘Drugs rip the heart out of your community. Make a stand and help keep drugs off our streets.’

The campaign aims to remind communities that they hold the key to taking drug dealers off the street and includes the Crimestoppers number.

“This campaign is a vitally important one and we hope that people will take the serious message on board and call the Crimestoppers number if they have any information that could be useful,” said Councillor Kenneth Twyble, chair of PCSP.

“We all have a responsibility to ourselves, to each other, to our children and to our communities to tackle this deadly issue and to try and put a stop to drug dealing in our Borough. You have the power so I would urge you to take that important step and make the call – you could save a life.”

Figures following the running of the campaign in Belfast last year state that there was a 150 per cent increase in the reporting of drug-related activity in the first month.

If you have any information ring 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.