Nicola Sturgeon admits SNP ‘didn’t get it right’ with drug deaths
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Nicola Sturgeon conceded the SNP has failed to address the epidemic appropriately despite having been in power for over ten years. Scotland has recorded the worst drug-related death rate in Europe for the past six years, and in 2020 reported the highest total since records began 25 years ago. The Scottish First Minister was challenged on the SNP’s performance on Sophy Ridge this Sunday, with the Sky host saying: “It sounds really good what you’re promising, it sounds very candid, it sounds like you’re very keen to point out what you want to change in the future.
“But people will be wondering where has this been over the last 14 years that the SNP has been in power?
“There’s been a 160 percent rise in drug deaths and a 55 percent in real-time funding for alcohol and drugs services. Is it too late?”
Ms Sturgeon insisted the SNP had tried to tackle the issue but their policy “didn’t get it right.”
She said: “Look, we didn’t get it right. It’s not because we didn’t care.
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“It’s not because we didn’t try to do things but we have concluded. because I don’t think we can do anything else, that we haven’t got it right.
“I could sit here and I could try to set out some of the reasons why Scotland may have a higher number of drug deaths than other countries – reasons that go back many decades in some respects.”
Ms Sturgeon continued: “I could say all of that and some of that would be legitimate and be part of the explanation.
“But I’m choosing to say we haven’t done well enough here. We haven’t yet implemented the policies that have turned this around so we need to redouble our efforts to try different things.”
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