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Shooting galleries should be piloted in Scotland, says report

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A new blueprint for tackling drug and alcohol misuse in Scotland has been drawn up by a think-tank.

Scotland’s Futures Forum’s report, called Approaches to Alcohol and Drugs in Scotland, aims to halve the damage caused to its population through alcohol and drugs by 2025.

It is the result of a year-long investigation of evidence gathered from some of the world’s leading experts in the subject.

The report concludes that heavy bias of resources on enforcement is questionable and that all psychoactive substances should regulated by a single framework.

It also includes recommendations that Scotland’s high drug-related death and Hepatitis C rates should be reduced using pilot schemes that have been successful elsewhere in the world, such as drug consumption rooms (shooting galleries) and heroin-assisted treatment.

Roger Howard, chief executive of the UK Drug Policy Commission, said: ‘By recognising the many societal factors that contribute to the drug and alcohol problems in Scotland, it becomes clear that a narrow view of ‘drug policy’ is inadequate. The rewards for addressing the bigger picture are likely to be much greater.’

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