We can’t tackle drug deaths and addiction without tackling poverty

Reacting to announcements around Scottish Government drugs policy today, Peter Kelly, director of the Poverty Alliance, said: “In a just Scotland, no-one would lose their life to drug addiction and everyone would have quick and efficient access to addiction treatment that works for them.

“It’s welcome that the Scottish Government is making further moves towards treating drug use as a public health issue. We can now make sure that means extra targeted investment in deprived communities, where people are around 18 times more likely to experience problem drug use, compared to those in the least deprived communities.

“And we must remember that we can’t tackle drug deaths and addiction without tackling poverty. That means redesigning our economy so that people are able to access decent work, as well as strengthening and renewing our social security system and public services, so that people have the income they need to live in dignity and security.”

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