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I hope that you are sitting comfortably, Presiding Officer. Once again, I am delighted to have the opportunity to speak on what is a hugely important subject. As has already been said, Scotland has the unfortunate reputation of being the drug death capital of Europe. Our drug death rate is more than three and a half times that of the rest of the United Kingdom. My final speech in the previous...
I am only quoting the minister’s speech and the exchanges that we had the last time round. I must ask the question again: why has there been such a huge increase in street benzos compared with elsewhere in the United Kingdom? She must be able to answer that question if she is to develop a successful strategy. This week, I asked questions of some of those on the front line, from volunteers...
Angela Constance will be surprised to hear that I concur with her on that, and I would support such a call. A service user, who is now a volunteer, spoke to me about his journey in and out of prison and how recovery enterprises were the intervention that put him on a better path. He got out of prison at the end of the week. That is a practice that has to stop. As I have said over and over...
Conservative MSP for South Scotland
Entered the Scottish Parliament on 7 May 2016 — Election
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