Scottish Liberal Democrats have said that figures showing an increase in the number of illegal drug related admissions amongst young people are a clarion call to educate young people on the risks of illicit drug use.
Figures obtained by the Scottish Liberal Democrat through freedom of information laws showed that there were 119 admissions to hospitals by patients aged 10 to 18 in 2013 due to drug related illness or incident. This is an increase from 88 admissions in 2011.
Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP said:
“The increase in hospital admissions amongst young people for illegal drug related illnesses may reflect that more people recognise that drug addiction is a health problem, not a criminal issue.
“But any increase in hospital admissions relating to illegal drug misuse cannot go unchallenged. This steady increase must serve as a clarion call to educate young people on the risks of illegal drugs.
“Gone are the days when those suffering from drug addiction were kept hidden from public view. In fact, the only way we can flush out the criminal groups and Mr Bigs reaping profits from addicts is to shine a light on illicit drug use.”