Police concerned by increase in drug related deaths

Drugs seized by the police.

Drugs seized by the police.

Police have voiced concerns regarding the number of reported drug related deaths in the region this year.

Commenting on police activity in North Area, Detective Chief Inspector Dunny McCubbin said: “Our Operation Torus activity to date has resulted in 49 searches, 38 seizures and 14 arrests. Drugs recovered have included herbal cannabis, cocaine, MDMA, Diazepam and steroids.

“What is giving us real cause for concern is the increase in drug related deaths in our area, with nine reported since the start of this year.

“The dangers of taking illegal drugs and abusing prescription drugs are well-documented and when alcohol is added to the mix the repercussions can be fatal.

“We will continue to act on the information the community provides us to remove illegal drugs and bring the dealers and suppliers to court but raising awareness around the dangers of drugs requires a collective response from parents, peers, the health and education sectors and others.”

North Area covers Derry City and Strabane, Mid and East Antrim, Causeway Coast and Glens and Antrim and Newtownabbey.