Violent assaults have been rising more steeply at HMP Addiewell – Scotland’s troubled private prison – than any other jail last year.
A record number of women died drug related deaths in 2021, according to new figures.
Citizen journalist Tam tells The Ferret how his life turned around after spiralling into drug addiction and homelessness.
Scotland’s Minister for Drugs Policy has admitted people are still being “let down” by addiction services and said she is "deeply sorry" for those who have not had the right help to address issues with alcohol and drugs.
Last year Sandra Holmes set up Families Campaigning for Change, a group of parents whose children have struggled with addiction. Now the group is calling on the Scottish Government to provide a national helpline and out-of-hours-services it insists will save lives.
Scottish Water discharged sewage on over 500 occasions in one year into a Lothian river where people swim and fish.
The situation for Scotland’s Gypsy Travellers has “gone backwards” with people suffering “appalling discrimination”, a health crisis and high levels of poverty.