Call to declare increase in Glasgow drug related deaths a public health emergency
A plea to declare the increase of drug related deaths in Glasgow as a public health emergency will be presented at full council this week. Labour councillor Aileen McKenzie has tabled a motion to discuss Scotland’s drug crisis which claimed 1187 lives last year and saw an increase in drug related deaths in Glasgow by 45 per cent. The councillor will ask that the local authority treats “each and every drug related death as a tragedy” and for members to agree that “this public health crisis requires concerted effort from all levels of government”.
Scotland Falls Victim To a Sharp Increase In Violent Crime
Since March of 2018, statistics have shown a staggering increase in violent crimes across Scotland. This criminal epidemic has seen over 8,000 recorded non-sexual crimes, up from a figure of 7,268 recorded in the previous year. With sexual offences increasing at a similar rate, crime is now seen to be at the highest levels observed in the last 7 years. According to the procurator fiscal Perth, the 10% increase over the last 12 months can be partially attributed to repeat victimisation. As suggested in the findings of the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey, nearly 60% of victims surveyed reported having experienced an average of three violent crimes over the 2017-2018 period.