Scotland has had its worst 12 months but by way of deaths from drug overdoses for the reason that authorities started monitoring the information within the mid-Nineteen Nineties.
A complete of 1,264 individuals died from drug overdoses final 12 months, the newest Nationwide Information of Scotland (NRS) report stated. That is the biggest variety of drug-related deaths since data started in 1996, and greater than double the quantity recorded a decade in the past.
Over two-thirds of the victims had been males aged 35-54. The overwhelming majority of deaths – 1,092 – had been linked to opioids, together with heroin, morphine and methadone. ‘Road’ and ‘prescribable’ benzodiazepines, like diazepam, contributed to 814 and 195 deaths respectively, and cocaine contributed to 365.
Furthermore, the Herald newspaper stated the reported price of deadly overdoses in Scotland was greater than thrice increased than within the UK as an entire and the best within the EU. David Liddell, the pinnacle of the Scottish Medicine Discussion board (SDF) charity, known as the alarming figures a “nationwide tragedy and shame,” and known as for extra remedy programmes and the decriminalisation of drug possession.
“The statistics introduced immediately are a grievous reminder of the human value of the continued public well being disaster we face in Scotland,” Liddell stated.
Catriona Matheson of the College of Stirling advised BBC Scotland on Monday that the scenario demonstrated the general public was “ignoring an underserved a part of the inhabitants who we’ve got actually simply uncared for.”
Final 12 months, Liddell reported that round 60,000 individuals in Scotland had drug issues. He stated the issue could possibly be traced to “the cruel local weather of Eighties deindustrialisation” and the following poverty.
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