Scottish Affairs Committee inquiry into problem drug use

On 7th May, DRNS’ Dr Tessa Parkes and Professor Catriona Matheson, along with Dr Emily Tweed (University of Glasgow) and Dr Andrew McAuley (Glasgow Caledonian University & Health Protection Scotland), gave evidence to the Scottish Affairs Committee inquiry into problem drug use in Scotland. They provided evidence for the high rates of drug related deaths in Scotland, and the main drivers for them.

They recommended that Scotland should declare a public health emergency in relation to the rise in drug related deaths, that drug use and possession should be decriminalised, and that drug consumption rooms should be supported by the UK Government to prevent a further increase in drug related deaths. They also highlighted that the root causes of drug use, such as inequalities and poverty, should be directly addressed.

The full video of the session is available at parliamentlive.tv and you can read an example of press coverage in The Times.

DRNS colleagues after giving evidence to the Scottish Affairs Committee’s inquiry into problem drug use in Scotland.

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