Unresearched drugs scare story from former BBC Scotland head of news

Most Scots oppose a new justice policy that allows people caught with Class A drugs including cocaine to escape with a police warning instead of prosecution.

A Panelbase poll for The Sunday Times — published before Nicola Sturgeon and the Scottish Conservatives leader Douglas Ross make a joint visit to a drugs recovery group tomorrow — suggests that the authorities are out of step with voters on a key aspect of Scotland’s growing crisis.

Official figures show cocaine was implicated in one third of Scotland’s soaring drugs deaths in 2020 (in 459 out of 1,339 cases). But Dorothy Bain, the lord advocate, announced in September that police could issue a warning for those possessing it and other Class A drugs.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/scots-oppose-warnings-for-cocaine-3rql59qp2

It’s not clear whether or how Panelbase asked about Cocaine or just Class A drugs.

Boothman’s compromising former role is never mentioned by the Times.

Remember this and him?

John Boothman, Head of News at BBC Scotland in 2014, married to Susan Deacon,of the New Labour elite, and the man who allegedly bullied the daughter of Margo MacDonald:

https://www.commonspace.scot/articles/1636/head-of-news-at-bbc-scotland-is-moved-following-bullying-complaints

Facts?

From the Information Services Division (ISD) for drug and alcohol treatment services between July and September 2019:

The Scottish Government set a standard that 90% of people referred for help with their drug or alcohol problem will wait no longer than three weeks for treatment that supports their recovery.

For the 5,335 people seeking drug treatment, 95.0% waited three weeks or less.

Remember this and him?

John Boothman, Head of News at BBC Scotland in 2014, married to Susan Deacon,of the New Labour elite, and the man who allegedly bullied the daughter of Margo MacDonald:

https://www.commonspace.scot/articles/1636/head-of-news-at-bbc-scotland-is-moved-following-bullying-complaintsAdvertisements

From the Information Services Division (ISD) for drug and alcohol treatment services between July and September 2019:

The Scottish Government set a standard that 90% of people referred for help with their drug or alcohol problem will wait no longer than three weeks for treatment that supports their recovery.

For the 5,335 people seeking drug treatment, 95.0% waited three weeks or less.

And as for the ‘growing crisis?’ Check your facts!

For the first time in years, the number of drug deaths in Scotland has not climbed. Indeed it has even fallen, if only by 1%.

If this trend is repeated for the next six months, then we are almost certainly witnessing something I reflected on in July 2021.

I agree fully that we should do all we can, now, to reduce drug deaths.

But, this ‘crisis’ may be burning itself out. See these graphs:

age and gender
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-55184961

In a BBC Scotland report from December 2020:

The National Records of Scotland statistics are six months late after a huge backlog in processing toxicology results and delays due to Covid-19. They show that two-thirds of those who died were aged 35 to 54. The report said the median average age of drug-related deaths had gone up from 28 to 42 over the past two decades. However, there was also an increase in deaths among 15 to 24 year olds – from 64 in 2018 to 76 in 2019.

That the graphs divide the data simply into over 35 and under 34 groups slightly conceals the evidence that Scotland’s exceptionally high drug deaths are due to a wave of death affecting those whose lives were ruined by Tory economic policies from 1979 to 1997 and, crucially, that the wave already shows signs of fading out as the older members, 55-64 disappear from the data:

https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/files//statistics/drug-related-deaths/2019/drug-related-deaths-19-pub.pdf

Even were we to do nothing and I’m by no means suggesting that, the shortened lives inevitable after a life of drug abuse, mean that 35-55 group do not have long even if they avoid overdose and the level of deaths among the currently under 34, not unusual in other countries, will become the norm.

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4 thoughts on “Unresearched drugs scare story from former BBC Scotland head of news

    1. Yes indeed and, they get high on the stuff because their administration allows drugs to be landed via Scotland’s vast coastline, with pretty much no marine policing, which is a reserved power to Westminster. The drugs are brought in and distributed about the UKOK, plenty to go around. Someone’s getting rich from it all. The BritNats could orchestrate all sorts of destructive ploys on Scotland, the BBC and other EngGov/cabal media will comply with blaming and demonising the SNP, gas lighting the people of Scotland to the hilt.

      The Eng/cabal are terrified that Scotland will hold another referendum because there are so many things they can no longer scare the people of Scotland with, like they did last time. One word never to cross the lips of any Tory and Starmer these days, BREXIT.

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  1. Some day, yes even the Scottish Government, will realise that the only way to combat the “drugs problem”, is to legalise all drug use. Wouldn’t be perfect, but I remember when the Clayson Report in 1975 revolutionised drinking habits, and regulations, in Scotland.
    The shebeens, illegal drinking premises, disappeared almost overnight, depriving the, mostly, criminal persons who ran them, of their income.
    I believe the same would happen if we vote to become an independent nation once again, and have full control over drugs policy. Until then we can only tinker at the edges, although why we didn’t open safe drug consumption rooms, and defy Westminster, is a matter of disappointment to me.

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