This would normally be right up there as a headline story, is still available if you look for it, and was briefly prominent last night but has now disappeared from their headline stories at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/scotland
It seems also to be of no interest to Reporting Scotland nor to any of the other BBC nations. The Herald had it up last night but it’s go from their front page today. You can still see the Herald piece at: https://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/23272208.lives-line-sharp-rise-suspected-drug-deaths-scotland/ but it’s gone from any prominence on their site.
I did post ‘Is the dramatic fall in Scotland’s drug deaths for 2022 being hidden?’, 12 hours ago. Influence? Moi?
It was a strange one basing the alleged increased on this:
In the first nine months of last year, figures published by Public Health Scotland (PHS) showed a 21% reduction in the number of fatal overdoses.
However, numbers began to rise in later months, with 109 deaths in November alone.
Drug policy minister Angela Constance said the number of suspected drug deaths is “still far too high”.
The PHS Rapid Action Drugs Alerts and Response (Radar) quarterly report showed 109 people had died from suspected drug deaths in November.
This is higher than the same month in both 2021 (89) and 2020 (93).
The report states that suspected drug deaths increased between October and November but figures for October were not included.
This is a quarterly report for October-December 2022. Why on earth would we not see the full data before suggesting a trend?