Scotland has been subjected to “14 years of failure” in mental health provision and drug treatment services, resulting in the country having the highest rate of drug death in Europe, an MSP has said.

North East Labour politician Michael Marra said it was “difficult to see” where changes have been made in service provision in Dundee and Scotland, two years on from the publication of the Dundee Drugs Commission.

Scotland has the highest rate of drug death in the Western world, with 722 fatalities recorded in the first half of 2021 alone.

The figures for 2020, show a record high of 1,339 people died from drugs, 3.5 times higher than anywhere else in the UK.

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