No progress in drug crisis after 550 more deaths
Scotland’s drug-death crisis shows no sign of abating as 23 people a week die from suspected overdoses. This year Scotland was found to have the highest drug-related mortality figures in Europe after it was found that 1,187 people had died last year. The latest police data registers 551 suspected drug deaths in the six months to September, putting this year on course to equal last year, when Scottish ministers declared a public health emergency. At the SNP conference delegates unanimously supported a motion calling for the “decriminalisation of possession and consumption of controlled drugs” in an effort to tackle the crisis
Scottish Government announces new domestic abuse protection measures
The Scottish Government will introduce a bill to parliament which will create new protective orders to keep a suspected perpetrator away from the household of someone at risk of abuse. In contrast with existing civil measures such as Non-Harassment Orders and Exclusion Orders, protective orders would not require the person at risk to make the application to the court themselves. Police would be allowed to impose a short-term order directly and to apply to a court to put in place a longer-term order.