Drug Misuse

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 26th March 2007.

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Photo of Maureen Watt Maureen Watt Scottish National Party

Question S2W-32523

To ask the Scottish Executive how many individuals were charged with possession of (a) heroin, (b) cocaine, (c) crack cocaine, (d) ecstasy and (e) cannabis in each police board area in each year since 1999, showing year-on-year percentage changes.

Photo of Cathy Jamieson Cathy Jamieson Labour

The statistics held centrally on recorded crime do not show the number of charges, nor is it possible to break down the drug offences by the type of drug involved. The available information is shown in the following tables.

Number of Crimes of Possession Recorded by Police Force Area from 1999-2000 to 2005-06

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1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Central

806

974

1,217

1,505

1,536

1,375

1,429

Dumfries and Galloway

332

299

331

417

561

593

663

Fife

796

838

1,057

1,265

1,344

1,301

1,392

Grampian

1,736

1,601

2,050

2,345

2,177

2,309

2,522

Lothian and Borders

3,415

3,425

3,722

4,366

4,047

3,934

4,204

Northern

1,000

935

1,338

1,330

1,486

1,422

1,818

Strathclyde

12,453

13,241

14,934

17,390

19,023

18,721

19,868

Tayside

1,238

1,157

1,539

1,892

2,289

2,613

2,544

All Scotland

21,776

22,470

26,188

30,510

32,463

32,268

34,440

Annual Increase in the Number of Crimes of Possession Recorded by Police Force Area from 2000-01 to 2005-06

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Central

20.8

24.9

23.7

2.1

-10.5

3.9

Dumfries and Galloway

-9.9

10.7

26.0

34.5

5.7

11.8

Fife

5.3

26.1

19.7

6.2

-3.2

7.0

Grampian

-7.8

28.0

14.4

-7.2

6.1

9.2

Lothian and Borders

0.3

8.7

17.3

-7.3

-2.8

6.9

Northern

-6.5

43.1

-0.6

11.7

-4.3

27.8

Strathclyde

6.3

12.8

16.4

9.4

-1.6

6.1

Tayside

-6.5

33.0

22.9

21.0

14.2

-2.6

All Scotland

3.2

16.5

16.5

6.4

-0.6

6.7

Number of Crimes of Possession with Intent to Supply Recorded by Police Force Area from 1999-2000 to 2005-06

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Central

291

495

631

508

543

551

585

Dumfries and Galloway

279

194

250

345

426

332

274

Fife

386

506

623

657

544

680

555

Grampian

584

567

724

889

594

695

731

Lothian and Borders

1,304

1,767

1,912

1,948

1,677

1,896

1,884

Northern

377

235

353

294

435

287

388

Strathclyde

4,333

4,710

4,937

4,623

4,293

3,820

4,124

Tayside

478

550

700

676

772

817

752

All Scotland

8,032

9,024

10,130

9,940

9,284

9,078

9,293

Annual Increase in the Number of Crimes Possession with Intent to Supply Recorded by Police Force Area

from 2000-01 to 2005-06

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Central

70.1

27.5

-19.5

6.9

1.5

6.2

Dumfries and Galloway

-30.5

28.9

38.0

23.5

-22.1

-17.5

Fife

31.1

23.1

5.5

-17.2

25.0

-18.4

Grampian

-2.9

27.7

22.8

-33.2

17.0

5.2

Lothian and Borders

35.5

8.2

1.9

-13.9

13.1

-0.6

Northern

-37.7

50.2

-16.7

48.0

-34.0

35.2

Strathclyde

8.7

4.8

-6.4

-7.1

-11.0

8.0

Tayside

15.1

27.3

-3.4

14.2

5.8

-8.0

All Scotland

12.4

12.3

-1.9

-6.6

-2.2

2.4

Total Number of Crimes of Possession and Possession with Intent to Supply Recorded by Police Force Area from

1999-2000 to 2005-06

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Central

1,097

1,469

1,848

2,013

2,079

1,926

2,014

Dumfries and Galloway

611

493

581

762

987

925

937

Fife

1,182

1,344

1,680

1,922

1,888

1,981

1,947

Grampian

2,320

2,168

2,774

3,234

2,771

3,004

3,253

Lothian and Borders

4,719

5,192

5,634

6,314

5,724

5,830

6,088

Northern

1,377

1,170

1,691

1,624

1,921

1,709

2,206

Strathclyde

16,786

17,951

19,871

22,013

23,316

22,541

23,992

Tayside

1,716

1,707

2,239

2,568

3,061

3,430

3,296

All Scotland

29,808

31,494

36,318

40,450

41,747

41,346

43,733

Annual Increase in the Number of Crimes of Possession and Possession with Intent to Supply Recorded by Police Force Area from 2000-01 to 2005-06

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Central

33.9

25.8

8.9

3.3

-7.4

4.6

Dumfries and Galloway

-19.3

17.8

31.2

29.5

-6.3

1.3

Fife

13.7

25.0

14.4

-1.8

4.9

-1.7

Grampian

-6.6

28.0

16.6

-14.3

8.4

8.3

Lothian and Borders

10.0

8.5

12.1

-9.3

1.9

4.4

Northern

-15.0

44.5

-4.0

18.3

-11.0

29.1

Strathclyde

6.9

10.7

10.8

5.9

-3.3

6.4

Tayside

-0.5

31.2

14.7

19.2

12.1

-3.9

All Scotland

5.7

15.3

11.4

3.2

-1.0

5.8

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