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Drug deaths in DG drop

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By Fiona Reid
Drug deaths in DG drop

SUSPECTED drug deaths in the region fell last year.

According to new figures, there were 26 fatalities in 2023, down from 43 the previous year and 44 in 2021.

But Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson insists there is still a long way to go in the battle against drug-related deaths.

He said: “Yes, it is a move in the right direction but we need to be cautious. It is only one blip and more needs to be done.

“Far too many people are grieving the loss of loved ones as a direct result and my thoughts are with them.

“What must be remembered most is that we are talking about the loss of a human life.”

Commenting on the overall rise in suspected drug deaths in Scotland last year, South Scotland Colin Smyth called for action to bolster support for drug rehabilitation and treatment.

He said: “Even one death is one too many, but sadly every year far more people are losing their life far too early.

“There is no single solution to bring down drugs deaths. We need a joined up approach but that must include properly supported rehabilitation and treatment services.”


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