Health and wellbeing
SNP MP @RonnieCowan: 'War on drugs' causes violence, death and poverty
Inverclyde MP holds up examples of decriminalisation as progressive reform
THE FAILED 'war on drugs' has created a cycle of drug wars, overdoses and criminalisation of the most vulnerable, according to SNP MP Ronnie Cowan.
After speaking with senior retired police officers, Cowan has called for a change in national drug policy away from current prohibition laws which have created a mass black market in the hands of criminal gangs.
Scottish Liberal Democrats: 'Give addicts healthcare not jail terms'
Prohibition failing to halt record deaths in costly 'war on drugs'
SCOTTISH Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has called for drug use to be treated as a health issue by ending jail terms for anyone found in possession of 'illegal substances' for personal use.
The policy announcement, ahead of the party's spring conference, calls on the Scottish Government to consider further action to limit unnecessary jail sentences through a new 'police warning' system.
SNP's @AnneMcLaughlin: 'Banning psychoactive drugs reduces risk'
Party back new bans in the drug market - but Tory MP protests
THE SCOTTISH NATIONAL PARTY have supported a deepening war on new forms of psychoactive drugs after new laws were passed at the Westminster parliament.
So called 'legal highs' have become an anomaly to the wider prohibition on drug use in the UK, which arrests and prosecutes dealers and users of banned substances.
Childsmile dental health programme saves PS5m per year in avoided treatment costs
Minister says Childsmile shows value in "spending to save"
A NEW dental health programme offering every child attending nursery free daily supervised tooth brushing is dramatically improving children's dental health and saving the NHS PS5m per year in avoided treatment costs, Public Health Minister Maureen Watt said on Tuesday.
Tax Irn Bru to tackle obesity, doctors say
A report says that obesity costs the Scottish economy up to PS4.6bn a year
IRN BRU and other sugary drinks should face taxes in order to tackle what doctors call an "obesity epidemic".
Liverpool University chair of clinical epidemiology Professor Simon Capewell said that a tax on sugary drinks should be a "central component" of efforts to challenge obesity and health care costs.
He said that the Scottish Government has an "excellent track record" of leading the way on public health issues and could do so on this too.
European courts to report on Scottish alcohol pricing law in fortnight
Corporate campaign has delayed law change for three years despite claims pricing will improve Scotland's health
SCOTTISH Government plans for a minimum unit pricing for alcohol will be reported on by the European Union's court of justice in the next few weeks, after fresh evidence was submitted as part of a three year long legal battle.
The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg received testimony from the Scottish Government, which claimed providing a minimum price per unit of alcohol will reduce problem drinking in Scotland and save lives.
Children who report self-harm only 'tip of an iceberg', says charity, as figures show rise in reports
NHS figures show rise in reports to health professionals
NEW statistics revealing 563 young people in Scotland sought help for self-harm in 2014 represents only a fraction of a wider social problem, according to a mental health charity.
Nigel Henderson, the chief executive of Penumbra, explained that the rise in treatments by the National Health Service excluded young people who do not or cannot seek help.
Patrick Harvie: Assisted suicide would end intolerable suffering and uncertainty
Evidence on legalising assisted suicide presented to Scottish Parliament Health Committee
ASSISTED suicide would give those with terminal illness or those living with intolerable suffering dignity in death, according to evidence presented to the Scottish Parliament by Green MSP Patrick Harvie.
Making the case for the Assisted Suicide Bill to the Health and Sport Committee, Harvie argued that patients should have the right to end their lives in certain circumstances.