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Early intervention key to fighting scourge of drug abuse

November 29, 2011 2:45 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Figures released today reveal that the estimated number of individuals with problem drug use in Scotland in 2009/10, aged 15 to 64 years old, is 59,600.

Alison McInnes MSPAlison McInnes MSPThis represents an increase in estimated numbers of over 4,000 since 2006, bringing the number of people with a drug addiction in Scotland to record levels.

Commenting, Scottish Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said:

"Drug abuse blights families and communities throughout Scotland. We all feel the corrosive impact of this devastating problem.

"There is no silver bullet for fixing Scotland's problems with drug abuse, but in order to help people get up and get on and leave behind the scourge of drug use, we need to see action right across society. Early intervention is key in this fight.

"Addicts needs to be assured that if they seek help, rehabilitation services will be available to them. The Scottish Government needs to ensure that this is the case.

"The Health Secretary needs to look at ways of building closer links between community, inpatient and residential treatment and rehabilitation providers. These providers should in turn work closely with aftercare providers so that individuals are not cast adrift when their treatment ends.

"We cannot let this destructive problem spiral out of control in Scotland."