Ahead of the publication of Scotland’s drug death statistics next week, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today urged the Scottish Government to take quick steps to address the drug death emergency which is by far the worst in Europe.
Mr Cole-Hamilton has expressed frustration that another year has “slipped by without discernible progress” and pressed ministers to implement the party’s ten-point plan which was submitted to ministers last year.
The Scottish Government will publish updated drugs deaths statistics on Tuesday 15th December.
Alex Cole-Hamilton commented:
“The Scottish Liberal Democrats submitted a comprehensive plan to tackle Scotland’s drug deaths crisis to government last year and none of it has been done.
“Another year has slipped by without discernible progress and thousands of people are still at serious risk.
“On the eve of what will likely be a fresh set of horrifying statistics on Scotland’s drug deaths we are calling on the government to take quick steps to address this emergency.
“Scotland cannot tolerate more tragedies because neither the Scottish nor the UK Government will act on a scale that matches the evidence in front of them. Our drug death rate puts our country to shame. The last statistics showed they are by far the worst in Europe and four times worse than England and Wales.
"Drug experts are clear that the Scottish Government has a range of powers that it could use to tackle this crisis now.
“Scotland needs to turn a corner. A combination of pre-emptive measures and compassionate treatment could make that happen. We can't afford to be stuck in the same position in another year begging the Scottish Government to show some real ambition.”