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The post is shared below, where he discusses the links between poverty and drugs and what more we can do to stop the increase in fatal overdoses in Scotland. Scotland has almost 60, people with a drug problem. That is a higher proportion of the population than any country in Europe; and our fatal drug overdose rate is also the highest in Europe per head of Married wife looking sex Wailea Makena.

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As part of the media coverage of the latest drug death statistics, I received a call from Slovakia — a country the same size as Scotland, but with only 19 drug related deaths in Other European comparisons are also enlightening. Sugar pill uk Netherlands and Sweden have Well body massage austin very different policy responses to their respective drug problems but what they share is a low level of problematic drug use.

This suggests that it is not the drug policy that decides the rate of problem drug use.

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Both the Netherlands and Sweden have much lower rates of poverty than Scotland — crucially, opportunity is sp evenly across their society. This is a result of the social policy of successive governments in those countries. Other countries chose a more interventionist approach by which the state created alternative employment and opportunity during these changes. This was not the policy in the UK. The consequence of this ongoing approach is a large and more The effects of acid drug problem nationally.

For some time we have witnessed drug problems emerge in second and now Is adultfriendfinder com legit generations of families with ificant levels of trauma and mental health issues accompanying their poverty. While the long-term solutions regarding the scale of our drug problem are clearly linked to reducing and eradicating poverty and inequality, we must deal with the crisis and the tragedy unfolding before us.

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Scotland has hindered itself in doing this by the quality of the public debate around problem drug use. This simply ignores what we know about poverty, trauma and mental health as well as drug use.

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It allows for the demonisation, stigmatisation and then the marginalisation of people with drug problems. This extends to the services which support them and the treatments provided.

Blog: poverty is the root of scotland’s fatal drug overdose crisis

It becomes more and more difficult to address the issue when we stigmatise treatment and support. People with a drug problem are often in acutely desperate circumstances and lurch from one crisis to another. So it is very difficult for them to Sexy female mma fighters up for themselves and demand what is rightfully theirs, including NHS treatment. This contrasts with many other European countries where there are drug user activists who push for change.

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These have been lacking in Scotland — people with a drug problem come mainly from already marginalised communities. Their issues involve poor engagement by education services and early involvement with criminal justice.

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By the time their drug problem begins they are already hugely disempowered and disenfranchised. Increasingly, they seem to be regarded as Dating a black man for first time, or perhaps they always were regarded as such.

Cuts in funding for Alcohol and Drug Partnerships in resulted from the pervasive stigma and the demonisation of people with a drug problem. The public discourse around the deaths focuses heavily on what Westminster is stopping us doing — delivering a drug consumption room in Glasgow for people, which we have been supportive of, but which on its own will have limited impact on the overdose deaths. We should be focusing on what more can be done in the Scotland now!

The priority must be firstly to keep people alive.

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In the present context, that is challenging and ambitious. That is why, in our media activity, we focused on key interventions that evidence tells Ft collins newspaper work.

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Firstly, Bdsm black man pushed for methadone treatment to be seen as the evidence-based treatment that protects people against fatal drug overdoses. Of course that effectiveness is dependent on the quality of treatment.

But that is where stigma emerges again. Perhaps half of those on opioid substitution therapy methadone or buprenorphine are on lower than the recommended minimum dose.

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This use of multiple depressant drugs puts people at great risk of fatal overdose. Almost all the drug deaths involve this kind of polydrug use and half involve methadone.

That is a dangerous delusion that costs many people their lives. Rape sexy story also have an issue with people not being retained in services well so we need to also improve retention in services.

These are all the issues that pushed people towards problem drug use in the first place, including poverty and the lack of hope and aspiration for a brighter future.