Date lodged: 22 March 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to address the reported public safety concerns that are associated with drug abuse.
Answered by: Aileen Campbell 17 April 2018
The Scottish Government continues to be concerned about the harms caused by drug misuse. Educating people about making informed decisions is vital. The Know the Score website and helpline ensure that all people in Scotland have credible and accessible information and advice on drugs to help them make the right health choices.
Scotland has excellent local, robust data sharing mechanisms that allow for on-going monitoring of and rapid reaction to specific drug trends. We work closely with Alcohol and Drug Partnerships (ADPs), Police Scotland and others to ensure that drug trends are monitored and that people are made aware of the risks of a range of drugs. ADPs use local data and intelligence to commission appropriate services that respond to the immediate and changing needs of their population. Police Scotland provide public safety messages via local and social media in respect of advising parents and guardians to talk to their children about the dangers of taking drugs. Therefore, as any issues of concern arise, whether this is in a specific locality, type of premises or nationally, information can be targeted at relevant communities and groups at very short notice.