Saturday 24 August 2019

'1 in 3 people threatened over a drug debt is your Ma' - Hard-hitting campaign targets teens

Picture: Cabra Community Policing Forum
Picture: Cabra Community Policing Forum
Picture: Cabra Community Policing Forum
Picture: Cabra Community Policing Forum
Cabra Community Policing Forum. Picture: Brian Kavanagh

Cathal McMahon

Teenagers have been warned that their mothers and families could be targeted by drug dealers in a hard-hitting campaign.

Advertisements and posters have been placed across Finglas and Cabra warning youths, "1 in 3 people threatened over a drug debt is your MA".

Another poster warns that half of all people with a drug debt are attacked while a third poster claims "1 in 3 people in drug debt have their family home attacked".

The campaign is the brainchild of the Cabra Community Policing Forum and its co-ordinator Niall Counihan claimed that they chose the posters because of their "stark message".

"We are hitting at the younger crew that might be inclined to get themselves into drug debt," he said.

"The drug problem is not out of control in Cabra and Finglas," he explained. "What we are seeing is that it has gone from the person owing the debt being attacked to the family. It's usually the mother that bares brunt, to be honest."

The policing forum run a campaign every Christmas in co-ordination with Gardaí, Finglas Safety Forum and Finglas Cabra Social Drug and Alcohol Task Force.

Mr Counihan said: "We are just trying to raise awareness in young people's consciousness that drugs have consequences for your whole family."

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