Scotland’s drug deaths

How many deaths in Scotland each year are the result of ingesting illegal drugs?

According to the Reverend Brian Casey, who runs a parish in Glasgow and is a former police officer, about a third. In 2018 there were 1,187 deaths in Scotland which were attributed to drug-taking – a rise of 27% year-on-year.

“Things are out of control” he says. “Instead of criminalising addicts and drug users, we need to decriminalise drug possession and treat addiction as a medical issue,” he added.