A north-east MSP is to hold talks with a drug action group to try and understand an increase in the number of deaths from the substances.
Shock statistics published last week revealed that the number of drug fatalities in Moray more than doubled from seven in 2017 to 17 in 2018.
The figures were revealed as part of the announcement that showed Scotland had 1,187 deaths during the last year – a 27% rise from the previous year and the highest since records began in 1996.
Moray MSP Richard Lochhead has arranged talks with Paul Johnson, team leader at the Moray Alcohol and Drug Partnership, to discuss what has contributed to the increases locally.
Mr Lochhead said: “The figures were a tragic reminder for all of us that substance misuse affects all parts of Scotland, including rural communities, and that lives are being lost right here on our doorstep.
“But these aren’t just statistics, these are lives that have been cut short and families and friends deeply affected by tragedy.
“Listening to those who are working on the front line, delivering services and support to those using drugs is essential if we’re serious about stopping these preventable deaths.”