Five Stars - Excellent
Many of us are aware that there is a drugs crisis in Ireland.
Drugs are available everywhere from the local GAA to the pub.
Treatment centres in the past used to mostly deal with cases of alcoholism
they are now seeing more and more 'cross addicted' cases. Alcohol and drugs. You could actually say it is a silent pandemic - one of addiction.
So this movie County Lines that was released in Dec 2020 is a very important and realistic depiction of what it is like to live or even better, fall into the drugs world as a minor.
I saw it this week on BBC 2 quite late. Quite late because I don't think the BBC wanted too many people to see it. Not to understand what is taking place.
This is also a problem now in Ireland, rarely reported on, along with knife crime and child prostitution. Kids in Ireland are now being targeted in children's homes by pimps in much the same way they were in Manchester.
The UK National Crime Agency estimates over 10,000 children are involved.
We could have a similar figure here soon. Nonetheless the culture is here.
County lines is a form of criminal exploitation. It is when criminals befriend children, either online of offline, and then manipulate them into drug dealing. The 'lines' refer to mobile phones that are used to control a young person who is delivering drugs, often to towns outside their home county.
Knock Knock You Owe Us 5K?
Some parents get to suddenly discover two things some night up and down the country. The first is John or Jilly have a sudden debt of 5,000 Euros and secondly that they are a drug addict.
The debt will be enforced and is for immediate payment to the drug dealers who will use all sorts of tactics including harassment and violence.
So this is why RTE should broadcast this movie to help people understand what is taking place.
Conrad Khan Shines in Movie
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