SNP slammed for cutting drug treatment and rehabilitation services

  • Alfie Baron
The SNP have been slammed for cutting drug treatment and rehabilitation services.

Shocking new statistics show that 867 people died last year due to drugs.

  • 867 people died last year due to drugs

  • 109 people were aged 25 to 34

  • Almost two thirds were aged 35 to 54 (540)

  • 66 people were aged 55 to 64

  • 20 were pensioners

  • Scotland's deaths are 8 times the EU average

  • Drugs deaths have almost doubled in the last 10 years

  • Ecstasy contributed to 28 deaths

  • The total deaths are up 23% on 2015 and are the highest since figures were first collected in 1996.

    It is estimated that around 25,000 Scots are currently being prescribed methadone at a cost of more than £20million a year.

    Tory health spokesman Miles Briggs said:

    “For decades now we’ve had a drugs policy that simply parks people on methadone programmes, offering them zero hope of ever beating addiction completely.

    “Not only is that methadone leaving vulnerable individuals in limbo, but it’s killing hundreds of people too.

    “We want a change to get people out of a life of substance addiction.”

    Labour’s MSP Monica Lennon said:

    “The Scottish Government slashed funding for alcohol and drug partnerships.

    “If you underfund vital substance misuse services, people die.”
    SNP MSP Mark McDonald quits SNP in Sleaze Investigation
    • Alfie Baron

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    His resignations follows allegations of misconduct against at least two women.

    McDonald resigned from the SNP with immediate effect - but will remain as an Independent MSP.