New drug & alcohol strategy to 'take a health approach' to substance abuse
The new strategy was welcomed by MSPs and MPs cross-party
THE Scottish Government’s new strategy on drugs & alcohol will seek to treat wider structural problems like housing and employment issues, taking “a health approach” to the issue of substance abuse.
Jamie Wood: We need to break the stigma around drug addiction and normalise intervention
Jamie Wood, from Boca Raton in Florida who is in recovery and been sober for 6 years, argues that drug addiction is endemic in western society, and won’t be effectively tackled until the stigma around it is challenged head on, and we all become comfortable with normalising interventions
How Glasgow, drug death capital of Europe, could be following Sydney and Vancouver in saving lives, if not for UK Govt intransigence
Freelance journalist Jonathan Peters speaks to international experts on the value of drug consumption rooms in saving lives, and finds Glasgow’s attempts to introduce the facility are being frustrated by a UK Government determined to put politics before the evidence
Ronnie Cowan MP: We already know drug consumption rooms will save lives - ignorance is no excuse
Ronnie Cowan, SNP MP for Inverclyde, met with the National Aids Trust on Monday [16 July] to discuss the HIV outbreak in Glasgow. Today, he writes about how the solution is already well known from the experience of the HIV epidemic in the 1980’s – the only barrier is a lack of political will from the UK Government
THE recent report of 934 drug related deaths in Scotland in 2017 highlights a national disgrace which must act as a wake-up call.
SNP blames UK Govt’s 'abject failure' on drug policy for rise in Scottish drug deaths
SNP MP questions whether delay in appointing a ‘Recovery Champion’ is due to expert opposition to UK drug policy
FOLLOWING the publication of the latest drug death statistics in Scotland, SNP MP Ronnie Cowan has today (4 July) described the UK Government’s delay in appointing a Recovery Champion for drug abuse as a “disgrace”.
As medicinal cannabis review is launched, Scottish Govt calls for control over the drug to be devolved
Call follows controversy over epileptic children’s lack of access to medicinal cannabis oil
THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT has reiterated its argument that control over cannabis should be devolved to Holyrood, following the announcement of a new UK Government review into medicinal drugs derived from the plant.
'We cannot stand still': Bill to allow Glasgow drug consumption facility introduced at Westminster
SNP MP presents Ten Minute Rule Bill on supervised facility for injecting drugs
A SUPERVISED DRUG consumption facility could be piloted in Glasgow city centre under a new bill being presented by SNP MP Alison Thewliss at the House of Commons on Wednesday.
The facility, which aims to address public health concerns and the risk of death amongst addicts, would allow people to inject drugs under medical supervision.