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Derry Drug Problems

25 July, 2007

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Martina Anderson has expressed deep concern at the increasing incidence of drug abuse in Derry City.

Martina Anderson said:

"The increase in illicit drug abuse in the North West is having a devastating effect on our community and particularly on the lives of our young people. Although the vast majority of young people are well adjusted and a credit to the City many are disconnected from the community in which they live.

"I am not convinced that the increased use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol can be divorced from the parallel increase in the number of young people who see no direction or purpose in their lives or those who become involved in anti-community activity, vandalism and general criminality.

"The use of illicit drugs has a corrosive affect on our community. It cannot be allowed to go unchallenged.

"Sinn Fein has been approached by several families about their concerns and we will fully support them in exposing to everyone in our communities the parasites that are pumping chemicals into the minds and bodies of the most vulnerable." ENDS

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