In Home Office Questions today, SNP MP Allan Dorans, asked the Minister, Kit Malthouse, about the largest review ever undertaken, of 349 research studies, from across the globe, carried out by the Centre for Criminology at the University in South Wales in 2017, which found that ‘safe’ or ‘supervised’ injection rooms significantly reduced drug deaths, and urged him to allow pilot studies in Scotland.
The Minister chose, instead, to ignore the evidence of what clearly works, indulged in a sneering and insensitive jibe about drug deaths being more than three times higher in Scotland than in other parts of the UK, rejected the request, and suggested that Dorans and his colleagues support instead a range of measures which have not been proven to work, anywhere.
You have to wonder if they cherish Scotland’s drug deaths, deprived as they are of any other opportunities to claim anything at all is better in England under their management.
The Welsh research review found drug-related harms, dramatically cut mortality and offered a range of benefits for the wider population, in terms of reduced crime, nuisance in public spaces, violence and trafficking. Will the minister pay heed to this overwhelming evidence and at the very least support a pilot facility in Scotland?