Our annual report for 2002 is being published today. The report sets out progress made in 2002 across the four pillars of our drugs strategy, namely young people, communities, treatment and availability. Also outlined is the action we plan to take with our partners over the next 12 months.
I am pleased to say that the report provides plenty evidence of how our record levels of investment are making an impact in communities across Scotland. New and improved treatment and rehabilitation services for drug misusers are being rolled out and there are examples of support for families and communities which are being affected by drug misuse. However, balanced against the many positive developments in the report are continuing concerns about the numbers of drug-related deaths, and waiting times for drug treatment in several areas. We are working with the Drug Action Teams and other agencies to address these problems, and there certainly is no room for complacency.
Copies of the annual report have been made available to the Parliament's Reference Centre (Bib. number 26254) and it has also been published on the Executive's website, the ISD website (www.drugmisuse.isdscotland.org) and the Know the Score website (www.knowthescore.info).