Drugs

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Drugs policy minister Angela Constance has said progress being made on the implementation of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) standards is “neither good enough nor quick enough”. MAT standards ensure safe, accessible and consistently high-quality treatment for drug users to help reduc

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A fresh attempt to establish drug consumption rooms in Scotland contrary to the wishes of the Home Office has been launched. Campaigners are calling for the rooms to be introduced to stem the tide of drug deaths.

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A total of 77 initiatives working with people affected by drug use are to receive awards totalling more than £25 million over the next five years. Grants of more than £6m in total have been allocated to 16 organisations providing residential rehabilitation and pre and post rehabilitation

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Children’s charity Aberlour will receive a grant of more than £5.5 million over this parliamentary term to develop two Mother and Child Residential Recovery Houses. The houses will be designed to enable children of women with problematic substance use to stay with their mothers during th

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A national target will be introduced to ensure more people with problematic opiate drug use are accessing life-saving community treatments. There are currently around 29,500 people using Opioid Substitution Therapy (OST). Under the new target, announced today by drugs policy minister Angela Constanc

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The latest quarterly report on the number of suspected drug deaths during 2021 shows a fall of eight per cent (116) on the previous year. The report from Police Scotland shows there were 1,295 deaths between January and December 2021. The equivalent number of suspected drug deaths for 2020 was 1,411

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Native American tribes have settled for $590 million with Johnson & Johnson and three other drug distribution companies over opioid addiction in their community, The Times reports. The drug giant and distributors McKesson Corp, AmerisourceBergen Corp and Cardinal Health Inc had proposed paying a

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In a world first, New Zealand has legalised drug-checking after passing a law to allow a temporary pill testing service at festivals to continue and expand. In contrast, other countries' drug-checking services have operated in a legal grey zone.

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Nine prisoners have died at a maximum security prison this year, where guards have claimed authorities turn a blind eye as inmates are easier to deal with when they are on drugs, The Times reports. The deaths happened at HMP Shotts, in North Lanarkshire. Russell Findlay, the Conservative MSP for Wes

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A life-saving nasal inhaler that can reverse the effects of an opiod overdose is being given to men leaving jail. Prisoners at Barlinnie are being given the device and training on how to use it before being released as this is a time when people are vulnerable to overdosing.

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The Crown Office should consider dropping low-level drugs cases, an American attorney who championed similar changes in the US has said. Marilyn Mosby, who oversaw a radical shift in prosecutors' approach to drugs in Baltimore, Maryland, called on ministers to ensure that plans to arrest those in po

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A publication of statistics on the number of suspected drug deaths during the first half of 2021 shows a small decrease (one per cent) on the same period last year. The report covers January to June this year.

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Traffic police in Scotland are catching as many drivers on drugs as those who are drunk, new figures show. Specialist road officers are catching 40 to 50 motorists a week who have taken narcotics. The figures come after roadside tests were brought in two years ago. Drug wipes are used to detect drug

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