Drug deaths rose on Thatcher’s watch but she did not admit the toll was unacceptable
TuS can reveal that within a few years of the Thatcher government’s ‘restructuring’ of Scotland’s economy with sudden heavy industry shut-downs leading to mass unemployment, drug deaths, primarily in those communities where the young had no prospects, began to soar:
These data show a doubling between 1992 and 1993 and a near ten-fold increase toward the end of the decade.
The Conservative Government response was further criminalising of drug abuse victims.
By 2002 after 5 years of New Labour, deaths had doubled to 280 per year and by 2007, when the SNP inherited the problem, they had reached 455:
We see today, further increases as those addicts who became so around 30-40 years ago reach, as a cohort, the end of their tragically shortened lives.