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Only one local authority hits key drug treatment target

June 27, 2022 12:14 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Responding to today's Scottish Government statement on MAT Standards, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

"Buried in this dry and technical statement is the shocking admission that MAT standard 1 has only been fully implemented in one out of Scotland's 32 Alcohol and Drug Partnerships.

"The Scottish Government has failed those at risk once again. It is far better at talking than it is at acting to prevent drugs deaths.

"Despite the government's commitment to well-meaning homilies and endless working groups, drugs deaths remain stubbornly high. As a country we will never turn a corner on this scandal until the government's rhetoric is matched by action."

Drugs spokesperson Ben Lawrie added:

"The Scottish Government must press forward and ensure that all the money marked for tackling drug misuse gets to the services and service users who need it.

"Scottish Liberal Democrats will continue to press for radical action to help those most at risk, including the provision of heroin assisted treatment; ending the destructive use of imprisonment for people misusing drugs and instead diverting them to treatment and education and the decriminalisation of the possession of drugs for personal use."