Commission calls for urgent action on ‘Scotland’s crisis’ with drugs, alcohol and mental health
People with both mental health and drug and alcohol problems are being let down by the services meant to help them, according to a report by the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland.
FFS explains: Scottish drug deaths and how they compare with UK and Europe
The National Records of Scotland (NRS) has published its latest statistics on drug deaths, which show 1,330 people died of drug misuse in 2021.
Picking up the pieces: families call for out-of-hours addiction support
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.
A record number of young people in care died last year
Campaigners are calling for Scotland to keep its "promise" to ensure those in care grow up"loved, safe and respected" as figures show a record number of young people died last year.
Fact check: Scottish party leaders in the Channel 4 debate
The leaders of the five largest parties in the Scottish Parliament tussled over issues which have dominated the campaigning ahead of May's election.
Homeless deaths in Scotland rise by 11 per cent
The number of people who died whilst homeless in Scotland has risen, according to the latest official figures.
Over 2,000 homeless people housed in ‘unfit’ Glasgow B&Bs in eight months
Concerns about new Glasgow-wide figures revealing continued widespread use of homeless B&Bs for over seven day limit have been raised, while "unsuitable" housing rules have been put on hold.
Claim Scots drug death statistics are not comparable with UK and Europe is False
Ferret Fact Service looks at a claim about the way Scotland reports data on drug deaths.
Fighting to save lives in Scotland’s drug death crisis
With the 2019 drug death statistics expected to reach record levels for the sixth year running, families say they need support so their loved ones can access the help they need to survive.