The numbers above are deaths per million to give a sensible comparison - whichever way you cut it, it’s a shocking number.The actual number of deaths from drugs in Scotland last year was 1,051 down 279 from the previous year and the lowest in five years. Still too many.
It is part of a 'good news' sort that the level has fallen.Leaving aside the 4-5 year timespan variance of comparable data (that just happened to include pandemic lockdowns impacting mental health etc more than a tad)
Staggeringly bad but not really suited to a comparable ‘league’ table presentation
Even if data was at same time, does it mean Scotland has more drug users who missuse/overdose or is there far more lower quality drugs available. I have no idea what causes the death in the numbers or is it sufficient for the authors narrative/motive just to say 'Scotland = higher drug deaths...'
It is part of a 'good news' sort that the level has fallen.
It was on the 10 o'clock news last night. They compared Scotland to Portugal, which has a very low rate and I think has decriminalised a lot of drug use. Interesting stuff.It is part of a 'good news' sort that the level has fallen.
Pretty poor labelling, considering Great Britain is the main island that includes England, Scotland and Wales. They just decided to redefine it? Perhaps UK (excluding Scotland), or even Rest of UK would have been better.This was on the radio at 5am this morning. The Great Britain is England, Wales and NI.
The Scottish Government record drug deaths differently to the rUKThe Scottish stats were sufficiently worrying/out of step to be reported separately.
I would assume if they (the Scottish Parliamen) chose, let’s say, to legalise a series of currently illegal drugs then the impact on the rest of a borderless UK would be huge. Seems the sort of issue that requires consensus.What I've been able to find unanimously states that the recording differences makes little difference to the position. (Make of that what you will)
I didn't realise drugs policy wasn't devolved. Maybe that's treated as CJS rather than health??
I've just read a Sct Gov policy document that would worry me about it's impact on deaths...
Try turning that solution on it's head.I would assume if they (the Scottish Parliamen) chose, let’s say, to legalise a series of currently illegal drugs then the impact on the rest of a borderless UK would be huge. Seems the sort of issue that requires consensus.
However, a common policy seems to be delivering vastly different outcomes across different countries.