The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) has published a briefing that explores illicit drug use in Scotland.
The briefing states that in Scotland, there are longstanding and serious problems associated with drug use which presents significant challenges for law enforcement and the delivery of healthcare, along with substantial costs to the Scottish economy. Furthermore, these problems are concentrated in the most deprived communities, where health inequalities and social exclusion make it harder for people to access specialist treatment.
It begins with an overview of the Scottish Government’s National Drugs Strategy before providing a summary of the prevalence and trends in drug use from the latest available data. It then covers approaches to the treatment of people with a drug problem and drugs services in Scotland before finally highlighting current policy issues, which are discussed in the final section.