‘Challenging stigma means challenging the law’: SNP backs drug decriminalisation
SNP conference votes to reform the Misuse of Drugs Act to decriminalise possession and consumption of drugs
SNP MEMBERS have today (13 October) voted unanimously to decriminalise the possession and consumption of drugs, with the aim of addressing the high rate of drug deaths in Scotland.
In 2018, 1,187 people died from drug-related causes in Scotland, giving Scotland the worst rates of drug deaths in Europe and a rate nearly three times that of the UK as a whole.
What solutions are being proposed to Scotland’s drugs crisis?
The rise in drug-related deaths in Scotland have added urgency to calls for action – but what reforms are being proposed, and which would be possible with Scotland’s current powers?
NEWS that the number of drug-related deaths in Scotland has risen to its highest levels since records began in 1996, and now suffers from the highest rate for such deaths in the entire European Union, has brought public attention to a decades-old problem.