Empty drug packages continue to be found strewn all over the Gorteen and Coolessan areas of Limavady, a former Mayor has said.
Alderman Alan Robinson has asked residents to be vigilant as local people continue to find empty boxes of the controlled drug Diazepam, which is sometimes used for recreational purposes.
The former Mayor’s stark warning follows earlier reports of numerous diazepam boxes being found in Limavady.
He said: “A resident contacted me in recent weeks telling me how she frequently finds abandoned boxes pertaining to the prescription drug Diazepam in the wider Gorteen area. “Having visited the area and carried out a walk through I too found similar boxes.
“I initially made the Police aware but having highlighted the issue on social media i have been surprised at the numbers of people contacting me to say that they too are finding the identical packaging on a daily basis with one lady saying that a total of 10 empty boxes were found lying in an alleyway just last week.
“Residents are fearful that whoever is discarding this packaging may inadvertently leave behind a strip of the drug which could fall into the hands of the large population of children who reside in the area.
“The dangers of the tranquilizing drug used chiefly for anxiety are well documented and I therefore applaud the local community for bringing this to my attention.”