Scottish drug deaths increase to record levels amid questions about ‘parking’ addicts on methadone

SNP ministers have been urged to overhaul their “failed” drugs policies so fewer addicts are “parked” on the heroin substitute methadone after user deaths spiked to a record level. A NHS Scotland report said there were 865 drug-related deaths in 2016, a 24% increase compared to the previous year and the highest rate anywhere in Europe.