Drugs-re­lated deaths rise

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Drug-re­lated deaths in South La­nark­shire have nearly dou­bled in the last decade, ac­cord­ing to shock new fig­ures.

In 2015, 31 peo­ple in the re­gion died from drugs, com­pared with 16 in 2005.

The fig­ures also re­vealed drug deaths across the whole of La­nark­shire have risen 78 per cent over the last decade. The 2015 to­tal of 73 com­pares with 41, 10 years ear­lier.

Heroin and/or mor­phine was in­volved in just over half of the deaths, while methadone was named as a fac­tor in a fifth of deaths.

Co­caine was im­pli­cated in eight deaths, am­phet­a­mines in one death, while ec­stasy-type drugs were a fac­tor in four deaths and al­co­hol was named as a fac­tor in 14 deaths. And 60 of the drug-re­lated deaths in­volved one or more opi­ate drugs, which in­clude heroin, mor­phine and methadone.

Aileen Camp­bell, Cly­des­dale MSP and min­is­ter for pub­lic health and sport, said:“Th­ese fig­ures show we have an age­ing group of drug users who are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing in­creas­ingly poor health. This is a le­gacy of Scot­land’s drug mis­use which stretches back decades.”

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