Suspected drug deaths in Scotland: July to September 2021

This report focusses on Police Scotland management information as a key indicator of recent drug death trends in Scotland.

1. Background

In January 2021 the Scottish Government announced a National Mission to reduce Scotland's unacceptable drug death rates. Part of this commitment is to improve data and surveillance. This report is published quarterly and focusses on management information from Police Scotland on suspected drug deaths, to provide as timely an indication of current trends in drug deaths in Scotland as is possible. Statistics from the National Records of Scotland (NRS) are also presented for wider context.



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