Local MSP Neil Findlay has called for the Scottish Parliament to be recalled as an emergency measure to fight the epidemic of drug deaths in Scotland.

The Parliament is currently in Summer recess until the beginning of September and MSPs have returned to their constituencies.

Drug death figures released earlier this month showed fatalities have soared to 1187 over the last year, the highest such rate in the European Union.

This means that Scotland’s death rate is now nearly three times that of the UK as a whole, whilst drug deaths in West Lothian have risen by 66% between 2015-2018.

Neil Findlay MSP said:

“Every seven hours, a Scot dies due to drug use. If every seven hours a Scot was dying because of gun or knife crime or because of a contagious disease, we would have a national emergency and Parliament would be recalled.

“Yet for vulnerable drug users, it doesn’t seem to matter. It’s a silent massacre that is going on and there’s no evidence that anything is really happening in the wake of these shocking figures.

“I’d like to see Parliament recalled so we can urgently get to grips with this and find a way forward.”

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