Glasgow MSP welcomes fall in drug use

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Glasgow MSP Humza Yousaf has welcomed new statistics published on Tuesday which show that illicit drug use in Scotland is continuing to fall. The Scottish Crime and Justice Survey Drug Use Report reports that 6.6% of adults had said they used illegal drugs in 2010/11, compared with 7.6% in 2008/09.  The report describes the fall as “statistically significant”.

Almost 80% of those who admitted to using drugs in the past year said that they had consumed cannabis.  The next most commonly used drugs in Scotland are cocaine and ecstacy.  The figures reveal that the number of adults who reported using drugs in the last month has fallen to 3.5 % in 2010/11, compared with 4.2 % in 2009/10 and down again from 4.4 % in 2008/09.

These falling figures are reflected by the number of adults who reported that they had used any illicit drug in the last year; in 2010/11 6.6 per cent – a drop from 7.2 per cent in 2009/10 and 7.6 per cent the year before.

The Glasgow SNP MSP said the figures were encouraging but that there was no room for complacency and that the SNP Government’s joined-up approach to tackling problems relating to drug use must remain a key priority.

He said:

“These statistics are hugely encouraging, we are definitely moving in the right direction with the SNP’s commitment to educating young people about the risks involved with drug taking.

“Over £5m has been invested in the ambitious substance misuse prevention programme, including the interactive alcohol, drugs and tobacco education programme which over 200,000 schoolchildren have engaged with since 2007/08.

“The SNP have put an extra 1000 police on the streets of Scotland and they have helped to disrupt the supply of drug gangs into Scotland’s communities.

“A no-nonsense approach to policing combined with preventative measures including education and The Road to Recovery national strategy shows record funding for drug treatment – a leap of over 20 per cent since 2006/07 – to ensure help is there for people who want it.”