Concern’s been raised about the number of empty packets of a popular painkiller that are being dumped around the countryside in the greater Tralee area.
Volunteer litter pickers with a Tralee Tidy Towns group, have noticed a growing number of empty boxes and blister packages of Neurofen and Neurofen Plus, which can be bought without prescription.
The volunteers say the packets have occasionally been found alongside empty alcohol bottles, and are concerned this may be indicative of a growing abuse of the drug.
Castleisland-based pharmacist Michael Kennelly says that chemists in Kerry are always vigilant about selling any painkiller which contains Codine, as many people have becomed addicted to it.
But the problem, he says, is that addicts often persuade other people to buy the painkillers for them