Drugs



Small drop in drug deaths

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.

Published 15 September 2021

Police catch as many drivers on drugs as drunk

Traffic police in Scotland are catching as many drivers on drugs as those who are drunk, new figures show.

Published 13 September 2021

Drug users offered same-day support to reduce drug-related deaths

An East Ayrshire project is offering same-day support for people seeking help for drug use through an initiative introduced ahead of new treatment standards for Scotland.

Published 28 July 2021

Over £6 million for state-of-the-art forensic laboratory

A new toxicology laboratory for Scotland is to be created to provide state-of-the-art testing capabilities for police and prosecutors.

Published 12 July 2021

Report: Drug addicts guilty of minor crimes should be spared prison

Too many drug addicts are "cycling in and out" of prison without hope of rehabilitation or recovery, according to a UK government review.

Published 9 July 2021

Funding of £1.61m for community drugs projects

Grants worth a total of £1.61 million have been allocated to community-based drugs organisations and support services providing access to treatment and residential rehabilitation.

Published 8 July 2021

Scottish Lib Dems call for an end to ‘carousel of pointless drug prosecutions’

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have criticised "pointless drug prosecutions".

Published 18 June 2021

New treatment standards for drug users

New standards for treatment for drug users published by the Drug Deaths Taskforce aim to reinforce a rights-based approach for people who use drugs.

Published 1 June 2021

£18 million investment for drug services

Women, families and children are among those who will benefit from separate funds worth a total of £18 million to improve drugs services.

Published 19 March 2021

Half a million pounds awarded to drug addiction support schemes

More than half a million pounds has been awarded to eight projects working to deliver more support to people living with drug addiction.

Published 9 March 2021

Drug reform paper hints at enlightened approach in Scotland’s future

Most drugs are not inherently dangerous when used casually and drug interventions that are punitive and reinforce criminal identity are ineffective, according to a new paper.

Published 8 March 2021

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh recommends drug decriminalisation

The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh has suggested serious consideration be given to decriminalising drug use in order to resolve the "national emergency" of drug-related deaths in Scotland in a new report.

Published 2 March 2021

England: Sentencing guidelines for drug offences aim to address ethnic and gender disparities

New sentencing guidelines for drugs offences have been introduced in a bid to tackle ethnic and gender disparities.

Published 28 January 2021

Former police officers campaign for decriminalisation of drugs

A number of former police officers are campaigning for the legalisation of drugs in order to stem Scotland's high number of drug deaths, The Times reports.

Published 19 January 2021

Wales: Prisons should trial free cannabis

Prisons should offer free cannabis to drug-dependent prisoners to determine whether it could stem overdose deaths and reduce violence, a police and crime commissioner has said.

Published 11 January 2021