Saoradh An Iúir note with grave concern a sinister development in Newry with used heroin needles being found on city centre streets.
The drugs apparatus was discovered in the pedestrian tunnels behind Newry cathedral.
Speaking about the discovery Saoradh’s Newry spokesperson Stephen Murney said “The fact that these syringes were found lying in the centre of Newry is alarming to say the least. If a child had have come across any of these items the outcome could be very serious or even fatal.”
“The proliferation of drugs such as cocaine, so called legal highs and prescription medication has reached epidemic proportions. Although its not a new development, heroin can now be added to the list.
“We have previously highlighted the fact that heroin addicts have been openly injecting themselves in local play parks.”
Murney continued “Saoradh want to thank the local residents for making us aware of this. The scourge of drugs can destroy and ravage entire communities. It is an evil epidemic and one that needs to be challenged and addressed. In particular we would urge young people, who may come across such items, not to touch them but to contact a responsible adult to ensure that they are disposed of in a safe manner.”
“Republicans have always been opposed to drugs in the community and Loyalist death squads have traditionally been the suppliers. Only a collective community response could begin to tackle the issue. Saoradh will be willing to assist with such a response.”
“To help address this issue Saoradh An Iúir will be organising a public meeting for the people of Newry to attend, the details of which will be made public in the coming weeks.”