Scotland in grip of national emergency as drugs epidemic tears apart entire generation

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Scotland’s failure to counter its growing drugs menace has become a national emergency.

A death rate which was slipping out of control as far back as 2007 has now reached epidemic proportions – especially when compared with our European neighbours.

Starting tomorrow, the Record will publish a new series of articles which will ask: What can be done about
Scotland’s drug deaths?

Featuring many voices and perspectives, we will speak to academics who are at odds with each other’s
ideological stances, as well as GPs and recovery specialists running residential abstinence programmes.

We will also feature heart-rending tales from ordinary people whose lives have been blighted

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