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"How about safer practice? Open conversation about the problems and how to work as a community to help?”

Saturday, 31st July 2021, 8:00 am
Picture, John Devlin. 14/02/2020. GLASGOW. Springburn Parish Church, 180 Springburn Way, Glasgow, G21 1TU. A man leaves a cross for his brother. He has a tatoo in memeory of his broyher, Big Ped McGratten. Favor Scotland plant 200 crosses on Valentine’s Day for drug death victims. Faces & Voices of Recovery UK. Favor Scotland plant 200 crosses on Valentine’s Day for drug death victims Drug death campaign group Favor Scotland will plant 200 crosses this Valentine’s Day to remember those lost to drug-related deaths in the last few months alone. Favor (Faces and Voices of Recovery) hold their seventh monthly gathering at Springburn Parish Church today, Friday, where they plant the memorial crosses with the help of volunteers and people in recovery. The group have been campaigning for £15.4 million funding towards residential rehabilitation services in the 2020/21 Scottish Budget. At the moment, the Scottish Budget proposals claim to increase funding to tackle drug deaths by 60 per cent. However, Favor have said the increase is “nowhere near enough” and not close to 60 per cent as there is only an extra £12.7 million allocated for Obesity, Tobacco Alcohol and other Drugs. Annemarie Ward, CEO of Favor Scotland, said: “While everyone is understandably thinking of their loved ones on Valentine’s Day, we’re going to take a few hours out to remember the hundreds of people we’ve lost to drug deaths in the past few months. “Behind every one of those drug deaths is a family in mourning and a community of friends who have lost someone. “These people could have been saved if the Scottish Government had invested in residential rehabilitation beds and provided better access to recovery treatment services over the last decade. “The number of rehab beds has dropped below 100 at the same time as the number of drug deaths jumped to over 1,000. “People need to be offered rehab beds and access to support that puts them on a path to recovery. Subst

Scotland drug deaths

1,339 drug-related deaths were registered in Scotland, the highest number since records began

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I am so sorry to hear that. It's an amazing country and the people are so friendly. Hopefully, something can be done to change this very soon.

Kel Lindsay

Probably because people are bored and stressed; we can almost certainly blame that on the lockdown.

Paul Bathgate

Time to hold our SNP government to account, but nah.... independence is always top of the agenda!

Joe Phair

Cue more hair-brained, money wasting schemes from the stupid national party!

Corinna Proud

I mean, they're not wrong? How about safer practice? Open conversation about the problems and how to work as a community to help?

Ross Lyall

Sad, but they know the risks.

K-j Morrison

My understanding is that should drug laws be devolve, then Scotland would implement a model similar to Portugal, while the UK government don’t see it as being authoritarian enough and rejected this model.

Martin Given

No easy way out of this in my view. People dont get addicted from taking a drug one time, continuous consumption creates the addiction and then they are trapped in the vicious circle. The same goes for smoking and drinking and obesity. Yes, these people need help, but there is only so much you can do. Drugs have been available for thousands of years, does anyone really think that we would cure this within a few generations?

Jim Monaghan

Any type of substance abuse - drugs, alcohol, glue sniffing etc - particularly where deaths occur, is a regrettable tragedy and shouldn't be politicised for party gains! The Scottish government has put forward proposals to tackle this issue to the UK government who control "devolved" drug reserved matters, but Westmonster has rejected the proposition! England's shame.....alcohol killed more people in 2020 in England and Wales than in any of the previous 20 years, official data shows. There were 7423 deaths from alcohol misuse last year - a rise of 20 per cent from 2019, the Office for National Statistics says.

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