The UK Government must help end Scotland's drug-related death crisis

James Nicholls, Shirley Cramer, Steve Ryder, Deborah Gold, Saket Priyadarshi, Susanne Millar, Carole Hunter, Ron Hogg, Arfon Jones, Fiona Measham, Alex Stevens, Ian Hamilton, Iain McPhee, Niamh Eastwood, Martin Powell*

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    The UK's drug-related death crisis is most acute in Scotland, which has already had the highest drug-related death rate in Europe (at 17 per 100 000 population, equating to 934 deaths) in 2017, before the released figures that showed a further 27% rise (to 1187 deaths) in 2018.

    This figure will put yet more pressure on the UK and Scottish Governments to act. The authors highlight the need to declare a public health emergency to prevent further drug related deaths. This letter is a response to Kimberet al.s article Rising opioid-related deaths in England and Scotland must be recognised as a public health crisis.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)804-804
    Number of pages1
    JournalThe Lancet Psychiatry
    Issue number10
    Early online date16 Aug 2019
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 Aug 2019


    • Drug controls
    • Drug-related deaths
    • Public health


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