Prescription drugs use by young people on the rise

POLICE ARE concerned about the growing trend of prescription drug use by Fermanagh’s young people. 
In recent weeks and months the Herald has been reporting about the ongoing issue of underage drinking and anti-social behaviour at scenic spots such as jetties around the county. It is not just underage drinking that is the problem, however, although that too remains a serious issue. 
Over the weekend PSNI in Fermanagh shared an image of f just some of the contraband seized from teenagers in just one recent incident, which includes both alcohol and drugs.
A spokesman for the PSNI said officers were regularly asked “have you nothing better to do than seize drink off young ones” when on patrol. 
“Unfortunately alcohol forms only part of local anti-social behaviour reported to police,” he continued. “The picture shows some of the ‘rubbish’ found in just one of our local beauty spots after a quick sweep after underage youths were reported in the area. 
“Not only are prescription drugs harmful to physical and mental health, they are illegal to have unless they are prescribed to you. So if they aren’t yours, you may be liable to prosecution.”
The spokesman added: “Police are aware of this growing trend and will be proactively patrolling these areas. Respect not only your health and future, but also everyone else who wants to visit these places.” 

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