Anti-drugs video goes viral on web

The video has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times.
The video has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times.

A local theatre group has sent out a powerful message through a video illustrating the harsh reality of drug use across the region.

The hard-hitting production, created by Rathcoole-based Newtownabbey Arts and Cultural Network (NACN), shows the tragic consequences of illegal drug use.

The short film details how a night for two teenage girls ends in tragedy, with one of the girls dying after experimenting with a controlled substance.

The girls are seen enjoying a night at home, before asking one of their mothers, played by Lisa Carnduff Moore for money. The girls, played by Brooke Thompson and Demi McCarey, arrange to meet a drug dealer in a local park.

After purchasing pills from the dealer, played by Sean Michael, the girls are seen hallucinating before Brooke’s character becomes unwell.

The drama then cuts to police, played by real PSNI officers, arriving at the mother’s home to break the devastating news that her daughter has passed away. The production ends with the shocking imagery of the young girl’s body lying in a mortuary.

The video, which was uploaded over the weekend, has gone viral, with hundreds of thousands of people viewing it around the globe. The short film, which has received positive feedback, was edited and directed by NACN project leader, Dee Crooks.

Commenting on the production, North Belfast PUP Assembly election candidate, Cllr Julie-Anne Corr-Johnston said: “A powerful and persuasive video with a very clear and concise message. One pill can kill, One pill has killed, claiming the lives of one too many in north Belfast and Northern Ireland. Huge well done to Dee Crooks and the NACN Drama group on producing and promoting this campaign.”