Monday, 06 January 2020 07:21

SNP URGE UK GOVERNMENT TO PLAY ITS PART TO TACKLE SCOTLAND’S DRUGS EMERGENCY

TORY GOVERNMENT URGED TO LISTEN TO PEOPLE WITH LIVED EXPERIENCE
 
The SNP has renewed calls for the Tory UK Government to come to a drugs death summit in Glasgow to learn from people with lived experience and take urgent action to help tackle Scotland’s drugs deaths emergency.
 

The First Minister raised the issue of drugs deaths with the Prime Minister at their first meeting last year, and now even Tory MSPs are backing calls for the UK Government to participate in a summit in Glasgow and make drugs deaths a priority. The UK Government had previously refused calls from the Scottish Government and SNP MPs to attend.
 
The Scottish Government is already working with Glasgow agencies to host a summit as soon as possible this year after the last one was postponed due to the general election. SNP MPs at Westminster will also issue fresh demands that if the UK government continues to refuse to act, powers over drugs laws are handed over to Holyrood in a bid to tackle Scotland’s drugs emergency.
 
Commenting, campaigning SNP MP Alison Thewliss said:
 
“Scotland faces a public health emergency and now even a Tory MSP is calling on the UK Government to act. It’s clear that the current UK drugs laws are not working. We desperately need a fresh approach to tackle this issue head on, but Westminster politicians have so far stood in the way of progress.  

“The Tories have consistently displayed a shocking lack of empathy towards this emergency. We don’t need any more platitudes from the Tory government, we need action or we risk an even greater number of drug related deaths next year. Action to allow a medically-supervised overdose prevention room in Glasgow must be an early priority of this Tory government.
 
“The communities I represent have suffered the impact of problem drug use for far too long - the time for action is now. We need an urgent shift in the law to allow fresh and radical approaches to prevent deaths, and we need that work to begin immediately. 
 
"The Prime Minister and the Home Secretary must now get out from behind their desks in Westminster, come to Glasgow and see why urgent action is needed. We cannot wait. If they continue to refuse to change tack, they must give the Scottish Parliament the green light to act instead.”
 
Tory MSP urges PM to make Scots drugs deaths a priority - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-50993073

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