TUV Councillor Timothy Gaston has highlighted the importance of anti-drug abuse training and is promoting Mid and East Antrim’s free drug and alcohol education sessions.
The programmes offer training to all community, voluntary and statutory partners in January.
Cllr Gaston told the Guardian: “Drugs are a scourge on society and those who peddle them are dealers in death as events in recent days have illustrated so tragically.
“It is important that all statutory agencies, schools, churches and society generally play their part in warning of the dangers of drug abuse.”
Cllr Gaston continued: “It is also vital that the powers that be take their responsibilities seriously. Those who supply illegal drugs need to be taken off the streets and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
“With the running down of the police service over a protracted period there are many who believe that not enough is being done.
“With the financial incentive so great sadly the only thing which is going to deter dealers in death is the threat of arrest and prosecution resulting in a substantial sentence.”
Cllr Gaston said the free training is specially aimed at addressing the needs of the Borough.
There will be a sharps awareness course in The Braid on 10th January, a young people and substance abuse session the following week on 17th and a session entitled understanding illicit drugs on 24th January.
All the sessions will be beginning at 10am and are free for all. For more information or to register please contact Jenna Cree at ASCERT. Spaces can be booked by emailing email@example.com or phoning 08002545123.
Cllr, Gaston concluded by saying: “Drug and alcohol abuse is a very serious issue and something we should all be united in seeking to address.”