Drug-related deaths reach record levels
Drug-related deaths in Scotland have risen to a record level and are forecast to get worse, according to official figures.
Drugs killed 574 people in 2008 – up from 455 the previous year. The total is a 131% increase over 1998 and up 26% on 2007.
A report from the General Register for Scotland said the number of drug-related deaths rose in eight of the past 10 years, adding: “The long-term trend seems steadily upwards.”
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