Scots cops make second highest drug related arrests in Europe as deaths rise

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Police in Scotland arrest more people for drug offences than any European country except Sweden, the Record can reveal.

Our heavy duty approach saw 602 arrests per 100,000 citizens in 2017 – making us the fourth most hardline among 60 leading nations in a survey.

Police Scotland arrested more people per head of population than the US and 2.6 times as many as in England and Wales.

At the same time, Scotland’s drug deaths have risen to almost three times that of the rest of the UK, which appears to confirm the view of some that it is ­impossible for a country to arrest its way out of drug problems

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