Date lodged: 24 April 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to Health Protection Scotland issuing a health alert following the discovery of poisonous toxins in samples of heroin circulating across the country since February 2019.
Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 3 May 2019
Scottish Government continue to monitor this situation closely. Health Protection Scotland (HPS) are working closely in collaboration with NHS Health Boards in the affected areas and Police Scotland.
HPS have issued a Scotland wide briefing note to alert frontline workers in healthcare and addiction services to the possibility of further cases. Health Protection Scotland have also worked in collaboration with Public Health England to issue an alert through the Early Warning and Response System operated by the European Centre for Disease Control to alert Member States to the potential for further cases and to ascertain whether other Member States have detected any similar events.