A campaign highlighting the damage illegal drugs can cause has been launched to coincide with a crackdown on street-level dealers in Causeway Coast and Glens area.
CCG Policing and Community Safety Partnership has teamed up with Crimestoppers to encourage the reporting of drug dealing and ask those taking illegal substances to question their choices.
The initiative seeks to underline the negative impact on family life, employment and social life.
Alderman William King, PSCP chair, said: “We are committed to highlighting the impact of drugs on our communities. Our ultimate aim is to give confidence to communities to report drug dealing and make our cities and towns safer places for everyone. “I welcome the ‘Drug Dealers Don’t Care, Do You?’ campaign It highlights that every day drugs tear lives apart, tear families apart and tear communities apart”.
Polydrug misuse – use of multiple substances over a prolonged period - is becoming more and more common.
The initiative, which is supported by partner organisations including the PSNI and Drug and Alcohol Co-ordination Teams (DACTs) across Northern Ireland, aims to highlight that by multiplying your substances you are also multiplying your risk of causing harm to yourself and others.
Detective Chief Superintendent Tim Mairs from the PSNI’s Reactive and Organised Crime Branch commented: “This campaign launch coincides with the start of the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s 2017 ‘Operation Torus’, which targets street level drug dealers.
“Operation Torus will run for four weeks during which time officers will continue to disrupt and arrest those involved in the sale and supply of drugs, bring individuals before the courts and work with communities and partner agencies to reduce the threat of harmful and illegal activity.
“We will always act on information we receive, so today I continue to appeal to communities to provide us with information about illegal drugs.”