Scotland now has the worst drugs death crisis in the EU
Responding to new figures showing that there were 1,187 drugs deaths in Scotland in 2018, Jamie said:
“Scotland’s drug death rate is nearly triple that of the UK showing that Scottish drugs policy has utterly failed. We urgently need changes to be made to address this issue.
“Services cannot afford a repeat of the 20% cut ministers made in 2016/17 – a mistake they are still recovering from.
“Scottish Liberal Democrats have set out a clear, practical plan for how to turn this around, including protecting drug and alcohol partnership budgets, sending people to treatment instead of prison, and establishing proposals for a Scotland-wide network for the provision of heroin-assisted treatment.
“A crisis like this needs bold thinking and I can only hope these figures are a wake-up call to the Scottish Government.”