- Alfie Baron
Shocking new statistics show that 867 people died last year due to drugs.
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.”