We all want a fairer, healthier Scotland that protects the young and the vulnerable. But a better Scotland cannot exist while we have the highest drug death rates in Europe combined with entirely preventable outbreaks of HIV infection within our most vulnerable communities. The criminalisation and stigmatisation of people who use drugs prevents them from leading healthy lives. But the UK government has said it will not change its drugs policy – regardless of the evidence.
The Scottish Government has a unique opportunity to deliver innovative drug policy that would transform Scotland from the drug-death capital of Europe, to a beacon of compassionate, effective approaches.