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Volume 202: debated on Friday 24 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what problems have been reported regarding use of ecstasy and similar drugs in the Province; and what action is being taken to meet those problems.

[holding answer 17 January 1992]: I am informed by the Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary that misuse of ecstasy, LSD and amphetamine is increasing in Northern Ireland. These drugs continue to be associated with young people and places of entertainment, particularly "rave parties". The RUC is working closely with other police forces in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland, and with Her Majesty's Customs, to counter this trend in drugs misuse.