They just could not wait. BBC Scotland:
More than 1,200 people in Scotland died of drug misuse last year, new figures show. The much-delayed figures show a record number of deaths for the sixth year in a row. The figure of 1,264 is more than double the number of deaths in 2014 and the worst rate recorded in Europe. It is more than three times the rate for England and Wales.
That’s the whole report so far. The Herald is little better.
Expect days of this with opposition politicians lining up to accuse the SNP of betraying drug users. I’ve just posted a longer read with some of the context explained at:
I won’t repeat it here but just leave you with these first thoughts:
Why are drug deaths a headline when the lowest infection rate and the second-lowest death rate in the UK, are not?
Why is England’s infection rate being more than twice as high and Wales have three times the rate, of Scotland, not news?
The missed headlines are many.
Why was the increase in the number of attacks on emergency workers during the first lockdown TEN TIMES greater in England than in Scotland?
Why is Scotland’s 100% IVF programme despite Covid, when England’s is dysfunctional?
I could go on.