Some young gangs in Dublin are bullying and intimatidating teenagers by making them kiss the ground.
Its one of the disturbing findings in a new report by the HSE's Adolescent Addiction Service in Dublin. It supports families from parts of West Dublin including Ballyfermot, Clondalk, Palmerstown and Lucan.
During 2022, the service worked with 53 young people aged between 13 and 18.
Its annual report shows cannabis continues to be the main substances which is abused with an overall use of 98 per cent.
That's followed by alcohol at 35 percent and cocaine at 9 percent,
The report highlights particular concerns with cannabis - saying young people are being given mixed messages about its consequences.
It also highlighted, a worrying trend where young gangs are bullying and threatening other young people - by forcing them to kiss their shoes or the ground in order to pass by.
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