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S5W-17025: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 4 June 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the National Statistics report, Unintentional Injuries in Scotland, which recorded that there were 850 deaths due to poisoning in 2016, representing an increase of 28% on the previous year.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 19 June 2018

The rise in ‘poisonings’ in 2016 as highlighted in the Unintentional Injuries in Scotland report can be predominantly attributed to the rise in drug related deaths that were reported in 2016.

The Scottish Government is fully committed to tackle the many challenges associated with problem drug use. In recognition of the continued rise in drug deaths, and the changed drugs landscape, later this year we will publish a refreshed drug and alcohol strategy that will challenge services to better meet the wide range of complex health and social needs of those who are most at risk as a result of their drug and alcohol use. This work will be supported by additional investment of
‎ £20 million a year for the remainder of this parliament.

More generally, we recognise that unintentional harm and injury is a sizeable burden on the population and public services in Scotland. We are focused on developing a co-ordinated and strategic approach to reducing unintentional harm and injury through a prevention based approach that aligns to the needs and aspirations of the individuals and communities we serve.