Increased drug deaths in Scotland

Figures from the National Records of Scotland identified a 27% increase in drug related deaths from 2017 to 2018. There were 1,187 drug related deaths in Scotland in 2018, meaning that the drug-death rate in Scotland is nearly three times the rate for the UK overall, higher than has been reported in any EU country and marginally higher than the rate in the US.

Sources: https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/node/3243

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/scotland-drug-deaths-highest-eu-heroin-cocaine-a9006811.html