NINE months on since drug disposal bins were installed in Strabane, Sion Mills and Castlederg no illegal substances have been dumped in them.
The bins were provided at three locations in the Strabane area – Spar, Sion Mills, Hamilton’s Spar, Castlederg and Haughey’s Shop, Strabane, in October/November last year.
The RAPID (Remove All Prescription and Illegal Drugs) Bin Initiative facilitates the removal of all types of drugs. It aims to remove prescription and illegal substances from communities and is a partnership between the local council, PSNI, Public Health Agency (PHA) and the Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP).
The bins were piloted in Belfast in 2010 and due to the success of the scheme it was rolled out across the North. Since 2010, over 100,000 tablets have been deposited in the Belfast bins, 90 per-cent of which were prescription or over the counter medicines, but a quantity of illegal drugs have also been deposited.
A spokesperson for Derry City and Strabane District council explained no illegal drugs have been deposited in any of the three local bins since their became operational.
However he explained, “Since the installation of these bins in October/November 2018 a total of 4,202 prescription or over-the-counter tablets have been removed.”