‘catastrophic’ rise in drugs deaths has been blasted by campaigners as 900 are estimated to have died in Scotland in just nine months.

New data revealed a 13% rise on suspected drug fatalities reported between January and September this year – meaning 103 more people died than during the same period last year.

The latest Scottish Government figures indicate substance misuse deaths are set to soar again after 2022 reported the lowest number in five years.

Opposition MSPs said Scotland was no closer to getting a grip on the “spiralling” drugs epidemic, while campaigners demanded better treatment for users.

Annemarie Ward, CEO of Faces and Voices of Recovery UK said: “In light of another distressing rise in drug-related deaths, it is more apparent than ever that our current strategies are failing to effectively address the crisis at hand.

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