Health education and preventive medicine

Latest drug-death figures must prompt Government policy change, comments Chair

Figures from the National Records of Scotland come, as Scottish Affairs Committee evidence shows policy changes are needed in Westminster

Lord Advocate and Scottish Minister questioned on problem drug use in Scotland

Committee will ask why a safe drug consumption facility has been refused, and the extent to which the Scottish Government can take its preferred 'public health' approach

MPs examine criminal justice approach to drugs

Questions focus on whether punitive rather than liberal measures are an effective response to problem drug use

Home Office refuses to defend UK Government drugs policy

Refusal to appear before the Committee comes in light of evidence, indicating the need for increased support for drug users in Scotland

Committee hears about social care schemes for problem drug users

Committee meet researchers, former drug users and current problem drug users, to understand their experiences of drug treatment services

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