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Scotland's drugs problem

Why does Scotland have the worst record in Europe on drug deaths?

Scotland has the worst figures for drug-related deaths anywhere in Europe. According to National Records for Scotland, 1,330 drug users died in 2021 - a slight improvement, but a death rate per capita which is still 4.8 times higher than England's.

Why do so many Scots die from drugs? And what more can be done to prevent it?

Joining David Aaronovitch in The Briefing Room are:
James Cook, BBC Scotland Editor
Kirsten Horsburgh, Director of Operations at the Scottish Drugs Forum
Andrew McAuley, Glasgow Caledonian University
Professor Catriona Matheson, University of Stirling
Professor Alex Stevens, University of Kent

PHOTO: Campaigning group Faces and Voices of Recovery protesting outside the Scottish Parliament in July 2022. Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

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29 minutes

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Sat 6 Aug 2022 11:00

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  • Thu 4 Aug 2022 20:00
  • Sat 6 Aug 2022 11:00

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