Cole-Hamilton: Scottish Tories furiously backpedalling on drugs policy

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today said that the Scottish Conservatives’ “head-spinning” approach to drug policy is the sign of a party furiously backpedalling after the “comprehensive failure” of the existing plan agreed by the Conservatives and SNP in 2008.

Road to Recovery was a Conservative initiative adopted by the SNP as the price for Conservative votes to pass the budget in 2008. Drug-related deaths are now at an all-time high.

Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

“The SNP and the Scottish Conservatives cooked up the current drugs strategy together a decade ago as part of a deal on the budget. Since then we have seen hundreds of drug-related deaths every year and statistics show the situation is now the worst it has ever been. The comprehensive failure of the strategy has left Scotland with the worst drug mortality in the whole of Europe two years in a row. This failure is measured out in human lives.

“Now the Tories’ head-spinning approach sees them furiously backpedalling from the strategy they were once so proud of.

“After Liberal Democrats uncovered more tragic figures showing hundreds of babies born addicted to drugs, it is time for a new national strategy that is finally focused on treating drug misuse as a health issue, supporting people instead of criminalising and penalising them."

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