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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-02034: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 18 August 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the statistics published in August 2016 that reported a record number of drug-related deaths in 2015, and whether it will increase the funding for drug and alcohol services as a result.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 15 September 2016

Any drug related death is a tragedy - for the individual, family and community involved. We are continuing to tackle the damaging impact of drugs in Scotland and making recovery a reality through our national drugs strategy, the Road to Recovery.

The National Records of Scotland (NRS) drug related death report shows that we have an ageing group of drug users who are experiencing increasingly poor health. To help address this, we have funded the Scottish Drugs Forum to investigate the issues associated with older drug users and report back to the Scottish Government.

We have invested over £630 million to tackle problem alcohol and drug use since 2008. Alcohol and Drug Partnerships are to maintain services and performance in 2016-17 at 2015-16 levels utilising the funding available. Drug taking in Scotland is falling, the number of young people taking drugs is the lowest in a decade and the NRS report confirms that the number of people under the age of 24 dying from a drug related death has fallen.