17 Aug 2012
Methadone now accounts for more drug-related deaths in Scotland than heroin, while the total number of fatalities soared by almost 100 last year, figures have revealed.
An official report released today contains the damning data, which has worsened since the SNP came to power in 2007.
Spending on methadone has also rocketed in that time.
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson MSP said:
“This appalling loss of life illustrates the human disaster that is the methadone programme.
“It would appear hundreds of families are being blighted by what is little more than legalised drug-taking on an industrial scale.
“With an average of 11 people a week dying from the scourge of drugs, we need to know when Nicola Sturgeon became aware of how dire this situation was, and what has she been doing about it.
“It is a catastrophic failure of a controversial policy; people are being parked on methadone with no hope of recovery, and now it’s killing them too.
“The statistics prove it is getting worse on the SNP’s watch and Nicola Sturgeon must be held to account.
“We have an incredible situation where it seems the more you spend on methadone, the more people it kills.”