Following the recent find of illegal drugs with an estimated value of over E200,000, the subsequent arrest of two men and other recent criminal activity in South Tipperary, Cllr. Joe Leahy is urging young people to be aware of the dangers of getting involved in taking drugs.
He says that involvement in drugs is happening at a much younger age nowadays, with very young teenagers facing intolerable peer pressure and the lure of unscrupulous dealers. “It is not uncommon for dealers to give free drugs to youngsters initially. Once these young people have taken some, they can find themselves trapped in an impossible situation. They often feel that because they have done something illegal, they cannot tell their parents or a trusted adult. Even if they want to they cannot stop, as their dealer is now demanding money for the previously ‘free’ drugs. Inevitably, many of these youngsters turn to petty crime to pay their debts. In some cases, if unable to pay, they are forced to do ‘favours’ for their dealer – storing, hiding or collecting drugs or even weapons.
Young people in these situations can feel very desperate. Too often they end up as either addicts or dealers themselves. They can be sucked into a violent criminal world where too much knowledge can be very dangerous, and in extreme cases, potentially life-threatening”.
Cllr. Leahy suggests that young people keep themselves busy and active. “Boredom is often the catalyst for experimenting with drugs. South Tipperary is full of clubs, sporting organisations and societies that cater for young and older teenagers”, he says.
“I would advise young people to get actively involved in these. “.