THE Scottish Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs said the government would tackle the “tragedy” of drug-related deaths as she toured an Edinburgh treatment facility yesterday.
Roseanna Cunningham visited an NHS Lothian recovery hub, which provides drug and alcohol treatment in the north-west of the city hours after the figures were released.
Nationally, there were 584 drug-related deaths in 2011 – the highest total ever recorded.
Ms Cunningham said: “Every one of these deaths is a tragedy.
“Today’s publication underlines Scotland has a legacy of drug misuse that stretches back decades. Many of those lost to us are older drug users who after years have become increasingly unwell.”