17th July 2019

Perth Police HQ - by Ninian Reid via Flickr

17th July 2019

Lethal cocktail blamed as Scotland named drug-death capital of West

A deadly cocktail of opioids and “street valium” is driving drug deaths in Scotland, which now has the highest mortality rate in the developed world. At nearly 22 deaths per 100,000 people, Scotland’s death toll has overtaken the United States and is now three times the UK average. The 27 per cent year-on-year rise to 1,187 deaths coincides with the increasing availability of etizolam and other “street” downers, which are rarely fatal on their own but can be lethal when combined with other drugs.


SNP and Tory ministers slammed as Scotland’s drug death rates soar to record high – and worst in Europe

Nats and Tory ministers were savaged as horrifying figures revealed drugs deaths had soared to a record high — leaving Scotland at the top of a European league of shame. An official report confirmed fears that there were nearly 1,200 fatalities linked to substance abuse in 2018. Deaths linked to heroin, methadone, ecstasy, cocaine, speed and so-called “street Valium” etizolam all rocketed to the highest level since records began in 1996. In a withering attack on Mr FitzPatrick, SPF general secretary Calum Steele said: “There is nothing bold or innovative in presiding over cuts to a police service which limits its ability to investigate each death to its fullest potential — thereby denying evidence and opportunity to target those who profit from this misery.”


Drug rooms at centre of bitter row over how to save lives

Nobody thinks they are the be-all and end-all of drugs policy. But consumption rooms are right at the centre of Scotland’s increasingly bitter drugs politics. Authorities in Glasgow want to open a facility to help the most chaotic and vulnerable addicts get a fix safely.


Call It Out: Reform of Police Scotland priorities must lead to equality and human rights focus

Police Scotland “have not applied the legislative duties contained within the Equality Act and the Human Rights Act”, the Call It Out campaign have argued, following the launch of a Scottish Government consultation on new national priorities for policing in Scotland.  The consultation aims to establish priorities which will set the long-term framework for Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority, and are being updated “to reflect significant developments and progress in operational delivery, emerging threats and the changing needs of communities”, as well as anticipating future demands on the service, according to the Scottish Government.
Commenting, Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “We are well served by the police, who have contributed to falls in crime and violent crime. We want to ensure that the strategic direction we set for the police service reflects the issues which are important to people and our communities.



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