Scotland’s drug deaths, according to Police Scotland, have been falling, since peaking in 2019, against a background of media silence on the facts and modified language changing from ‘record’ to just ‘high.’
The Scottish Tories seem worried about the figures to be released tomorrow, Thursday 28 June 2022. Does Sandy Gullane know something and is whinging this sort of thing:
The number of fatalities has risen year on year on Nicola Sturgeon’s watch to last year’s appalling record high of 1,339. These figures mean Scotland has not just the worst death rate per head of population in Europe – but the worst by such an enormous margin that it’s hard to get your head around.
“The SNP cannot claim success when we’re still losing 1,000 people every single year. It would be shameful if they tried to spin Scotland still having the worst drug-death rate in Europe as some kind of victory.”https://www.scottishdailyexpress.co.uk/news/politics/snp-warned-not-spin-drug-27590741
Remember ‘last year’ for NRS data is 2020 and Police Scotland’s estimate, based on more useful scene of death data, was 1 295 for 2021, an 8% fall on 2020. Police Scotland had that as a 27% fall on 2019.
Why does Gullane suggest 1 000? Were that the case, a 30% fall, surely it’s success? It would be if they had responsibility.