Scotland Decriminalising drugs would be a bad move
A TORY Minister has claimed the decriminalisation of the possession and consumption of drugs in Scotland would create fresh problems by making the country a target for county lines gangs. And he also accused the Scottish Government of failing to invest enough money in treatment and recovery. Delegates at this month’s SNP conference unanimously passed a motion backing decriminalisation.
Youth crime prevention project to be extended
A project which is the only one of its kind in the country diverting young people away from a life in serious organised crime is being rolled out across the UK. Action for Children has received £4.6 million in funding from The National Lottery Community Fund – the largest funder of community activity in the UK – to roll out its Serious Organised Crime Early Intervention service, which has operated in Glasgow since 2013, across the UK. The roll-out will initially see Action for Children deliver the project in Edinburgh from January, with Cardiff and Newcastle from April.
Scottish Government should appoint ‘minister for recovery’ to tackle drug deaths
Scotland should create a government position to focus on the drug deaths crisis and increase funding for treatment by more than a third, according to an addiction charity. A report by Favor UK called for the Scottish Government to appoint a “Minister of Recovery” to tackle the problem of drug-related deaths in Scotland, which reached a record high of 1,187 last year.