Today’s Twitter Activity on Drug Deaths

For those not following on Twitter:

Early posts on drug deaths:

Scottish life expectancy improvements stall due to 9 years of UK Tory/Lib Dem austerity and a drug deaths spike born in Thatcher’s destruction of Glasgow 50 years ago

August 15, 2019

Scottish life expectancy improvements have stalled and it’s due to 9 years of UK Tory/Lib Dem austerity and to a drug deaths spike which was born in Thatcher’s destruction of the lives of the people of Glasgow and urban Scotland…

Herald misrepresents drug statistics to join drug death scare-wagon

July 20, 2019

The Herald story is based on a one-year change with the number deaths of people aged under 25 falling in 2017 but rising last year. One-year changes are meaningless. Here is the longer trend showing that deaths of undr-25s remain…

SNP exonerated by BBC figures as Scotland’s drug deaths are shown to be caused by neoliberal UK Governments in the 1980s and 90s

July 19, 2019

Scotland’s drug death crisis is based disproportionally upon older drug users who began using heroin in the 1980s and 90s under the Tory and New Labour neoliberal economic policies which lauded greedy individualism, and which destroyed communities through a failure…

The Better Together shroud-waving on drug deaths toppled over into a carrion-fest

July 18, 2019

LUDO THIERRY The Better Together shroud waving actually toppled over into a carrion-fest. I heard a tiny bit of Ian Dale’s programme on LBC and heard ‘Orange?’ Cammie frae Kilmarnock report that the Scottish drug’s deaths could be explained “..in…

All those times when the BBC/Tory Alliance could not happily drool as they have done with Scotland’s drug deaths

July 18, 2019

Scotland’s drug deaths were headlined and savoured right across the full range of BBC output, on BBC 1 News, BBC Breakfast, Reporting Scotland, Politics Live and on Newsnight. I did not watch BBC Wales or Northern Ireland, nor did I…

Why drug-related deaths in Scotland are NOT two and a half times higher than rest of UK

May 6, 2019

From Reporting Scotland last night: ‘Drug-related deaths in Scotland are two and a half times higher than the rest of the UK.’ That would be a huge difference and straight off the bat as they say, it’s just not very…

BBC Scotland’s go-to-guy on SNP anti-drugs strategy both wrong and corrupt

March 31, 2019

Former Glasgow University professor Neil McKeganey has long been BBC Scotland’s favourite go-to-guy when they wanted somebody to try to undermine the Scottish Government’s ant-drugs strategy. One rogue academic against the evidence of many experts; that’ll will be ‘balance’, I…

Waiting time targets for drug and alcohol treatment smashed in NHS Scotland

December 19, 2018

The target is for 90% of people referred with a drug or alcohol problem to wait no longer than three weeks for treatment. 6 609 people sought alcohol treatment and 4 638 sought drug treatment. Despite these numbers, 94.9% seeking…

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