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Scottish drug deaths rise

31st August 2007

New figures have revealed that the number of drug-related deaths in Scotland has increased by a quarter.

The General Register Office for Scotland (Gros) said there were 421 drug-related deaths last year, 85 more than in 2005, representing a 25% rise. Just under 80% of the deaths were among men. The previous highest number of drug deaths recorded in Scotland was 392 in 2002.

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said a new strategy was needed to tackle the demand and supply of illicit drugs in Scotland.


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