‘What a startling statistic!’ Tom Harwood criticizes Sturgeon for failing to take action on drug deaths.
Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has been criticised by a GB NEWS political journalist as the country’s drug-related mortality have risen by 5% in only one year.
Tom Harwood, speaking on Wednesday, described how Scottish politicians are just not doing enough to combat the country’s escalating drug problem. He chastised drugs minister Angela Constance for “promising to examine” Scotland’s drug laws and services, but chastised her and the SNP for “lacking” in “real action” to tackle soaring drug deaths. It comes as new numbers from Scotland show that 1,339 people died as a result of drugs in 2020, the highest number in Europe. Nicola Sturgeon has called the figures “indefensible.”
“Last week, numbers were revealed showing that we had the highest number of drug deaths on record in Scotland,” Mr Harwood said.
That’s 1,339 drugs in a single year, four times the rate in England and Europe’s greatest drug fatality rate.”
“It’s a truly scary statistic!” he exclaimed.
The political journalist went on to explain that Angela Constance, Scotland’s drug minister, “stood up before the Scottish parliament to announce the opening of a new rehabilitation center.”
The minister’s promises, however, did not persuade him.
Ms Constance then went on to “promise a lot of reviews” to see if drug and alcohol services would be included in Scotland’s new national care system, he claimed.
“To assess the effects of street valium.”
“There were a lot of pledges into looking into the situation, but I think one of the great concerns is that when it comes to actual action, that was lacking!” Mr Hardwood said.
His remarks come as opposition parties in Holyrood claim that the SNP government’s curbs to drug treatment and addiction programs contributed significantly to the increased trend.
Ms Sturgeon said after the numbers were released that they were a “human catastrophe” and that the number of deaths was “indefensible” and “a national disgrace.”
Opiates like heroin and methadone were found to be responsible for 1,192 deaths, while benzodiazepines like diazepam and etizolam were shown to be responsible for 974 deaths.
Ninety-three percent of the drug deaths were due to accidental overdoses, whereas four percent were due to deliberate self-poisoning. Long-term drug addiction accounted for only 1% of deaths, while the remaining 2% were unknown.
“Brinkwire Summary News,” remarked Ms. Sturgeon.