From the Herald today:
A LACK of drug rehab and treatment facilities have been blamed as the number of homeless deaths nearly doubled in five years – with 60% being under the age of 45.https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/23143361.drug-rehab-facilities-call-homeless-deaths-double-four-years/
There’s been some fancy, if fetid, calculation going on to get that headline and distort the news when the Big Issue had this for the same data:
Drug deaths fall among Scotland’s homeless population for the first time. Drug misuse continued to play a role in more than half the deaths but fell for the first time since the National Records of Scotland started counting homeless deaths in 2017. NRS’s head of vital events Julie Ramsay said deaths related to drug misuse fell from 151 to 127 between 2020 and 2021.https://www.bigissue.com/news/housing/drug-deaths-fall-among-scotlands-homeless-population-for-the-first-time/
The above news of falling drug deaths comes in quick succession of two other signs of improvement:
From Public Health Scotland yesterday, above, drug related hospital stays have fallen for the second year in succession and, in 2021/22 have plummeted by 17%.
From Police Scotland in June 2022, above, suspected drug deaths based on evidence from the scene fall for more than a year .
Three pieces of evidence telling a similar story; isn’t that the news?
How has the Herald made up their alternative news? The old trick of going back to when the level was lower, 2017, and just comparing that with 2022, while ignoring the most recent fall. Stinky stats.
Finally on lack of treatment facilities. See this: