DRUG DEALERS in Ireland are reportedly offering free bags of heroin to young students in an attempt to get them hooked on the drug.
That’s according to Independent Meath councillor Alan Lawes, who made the shocking claims in a social media post detailing how dealers are openly dealing their wares to youngsters near schools and local shops.
Lawes claims teenagers as young as 13 are being offered the drug in a bid to get them addicted.
"I have lived in Johnstown now for nearly 20 years. In that time I have got to know many great people. They are scattered all around the different estates in the community,” he wrote.
"They volunteer on school boards with the GAA and soccer teams, boxing clubs and Tidy Towns and enter Pride of Place competitions - all with the intention of making Johnstown a better place to live for all of us.
"Then we have the small minority that give Johnstown a bad name.
"They have been seen offering children heroin in the open, in front of the shopping centre and near the school
"We all know who they are and as a community we need to work together to rid our community of this vermin. I am appealing to parents in the community to work with the gardaí and ring the gardaí on their Confidential phone number 1800666111 and give them any information they have.
"We can't allow this small group of scumbags to take over and ruin a very good community.
"In the meantime if you have any information, pass it to the gardaí or to me and let's together take our community back from the small group of scum bags who are intent on ruining a great community."
Lawes is already organising a public meeting on the issue in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, Meath crime prevention officers are encouraging anyone with information on the issue to contact the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 .