Judge warns against ‘self-medicating’ with drugs saying: ‘You don’t know what you are taking’

A JUDGE warned people against “self-medicating” with drugs saying: “You don’t know what you are taking”.

District Judge Peter King was speaking at Coleraine Magistrates Court where Che Black (31), of Maple Drive in Coleraine, admitted possessing cocaine at his home.

A prosecutor said that on June 6 this year police carried out a search of the defendant’s home address under warrant.

After entering through an unlocked front door they found Black alone in the property and four bags of cocaine worth £200 were discovered in a bedroom.

The defendant said they were for his own use.

Defence barrister Alan Stewart said Black had long-standing physical and mental health issues and was unemployed after he was unable to continue work on a production line due to his health.

Mr Stewart said the defendant fell into a “bad habit” of self-medicating after he “found himself in a hole”.

The lawyer said Black is now clear of drugs.

Judge King also told the defendant self-medicating was “never going to work”.

The defendant was fined £350.

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