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Conservative MSP drug remarks "simplistic"

August 2, 2012 11:46 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

The Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats has criticised a Conservative MSP for suggesting that the NHS cut back on life saving drug overdose reversal kits. Willie Rennie wants John Lamont to reflect on his "simplistic" remarks after NHS Borders reported that it made 248 kits available across the area in the last year.

Commenting on the MSP's remarks, Willie Rennie said:

"Overdose reversal kits help prevent deaths. I can't believe John Lamont wants to cut back on these life-saving kits.

"These kits are available to problem drug users who are struggling to kick the habit. They give users a chance to turn their life around.

"To suggest it would be better if drug users were left to die instead of receiving this life saving treatment is irresponsible and exposes a simplistic approach to the complex problem of drugs in Scotland.

"Health professionals should be given the full range of solutions to help people with their drug and health problems. Health professionals are not reckless and will judge on a case by case basis who is best suited to a particular course of action.

"Every drug user has different needs and different solutions are required to address their illness. To restrict health professionals in what tools they can use is limiting the progress they can make in improving health and saving lives.

"John Lamont's remarks are overly simplistic and I hope he will reflect on them."