The number of people attending Scotland’s A&E units due to drugs has jumped by 13%.

Figures released by Public Health Scotland show that 1,081 people attended emergency departments because of drugs between March and May of this year.

That’s 13% higher than the same time in 2022 when the figure stood at 954.

The numbers are similar to those seen during the same period in 2021 at 1,058.

The figures also increased by 10% when compared to the previous 12 weeks.

Meanwhile, the average monthly number of suspected drug deaths between March and May of this year stood at 100 – similar to the 102 per month recorded during the same period in 2022.

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