Jeebus

What’s causing this?

Scotland’s drugs death rate is now higher than the USA and every other country in Europe, and three times the UK average, according to shocking new figures.

The statistics released on Tuesday revealed that 1,187 people died following drug use last year, an increase of 27 per cent on 2017.

Methadone, the heroin substitute prescribed by the NHS to help heroin users, caused more deaths than the drug it is meant to replace and contributed to nearly half the total mortality figure.

The National Records of Scotland said the country now had a higher mortality rate than the whole of Europe.

Fentanyl in the heroin supply? I’ve heard this isn’t really a UK thing, given the already high purity of street heroin. So, what’s the change?

The statistics show that 72 per cent of those who died were male, with more than 1,000 deaths involving methadone, heroin and morphine. However, a large percentage of those who died – 792 – had also taken pills such as diazepam and etizolam.

It was reported last month that these “street valiums” can be bought for less than the price of a chocolate bar, at just 30p a pill in central Glasgow, and are often taken in conjunction with opiates, with fatal consequences.

This change in fashion and recipes?

Anyone got any good ideas as to why this rate is soaring? And no, lack of treatment options doesn’t cut it. Those who actually want off can get off.

13 comments on “Jeebus

  1. Methadone, the heroin substitute prescribed by the NHS to help heroin users, caused more deaths than the drug it is meant to replace

    This has basically been the outcome of every such intervention, since heroin was first introduced and encouraged as an alternative to something else. “This time it will be different!”

  2. It’s very hard to get any accurate data out of North Korea (closest country politically to SNP run Scotland) but obviously the complete lack of hope engendered by the SNP’s dismal socialism is paralleled (The difference being you can currently leave Scotland voluntarily of course – for how long that continues to be the case is open to question)
    Looking at policies like ‘Minimum Unit pricing’ and ‘The named person’ scheme – not far off the North Korean ‘songbon’ you can see the similarities. As Ecks often rightly points out – Socialism is an entirely malignant influence. That people are turning to substance abuse in response to it is no real surprise.

    https://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/trend-lines/27839/what-s-behind-the-growing-use-of-illicit-drugs-in-north-korea

  3. Diazepam and etizolam are both in the benzodiazepine family of tranquillisers. Mixing with opiates (heroin, morphine, methadone, etc.) which are also depressants is a pretty good way to shut down the central nervous system.

    I wonder if alcohol pricing policy in Scotland has shifted the preference from opiate/alcohol combinations — where the dangers from impurities are greater than the dangers from the actual drugs/combo — to opiate/benzodiazepine combinations which are a pretty bad idea.

  4. I have not looked into the stats but there does seem to be issues with older drug users dying off -essentially their system gives up after all the abuse. The great and the good seem to be trying to pin this rise on deprivation in the 80s under Thatcher. I think the greater issue is the “parking” of users on methadone for years. However now there is a huge drugs related quangocracy and I can’t help but think they have an interest in keeping people in their influence….

  5. The great and the good seem to be trying to pin this rise on deprivation in the 80s under Thatcher.

    Lol, I knew it. These people would laugh at a 14th century priest blaming Satan for illness or plagues but really they are not any different, except that the 14th century priest probably actually believed what he said was true.

  6. Doctors are pretty good at diagnosing death. Less so at cause of death, which is much influenced by fashion and medical training. So the first question is always “how sound are these attributions of cause of death?”

    If you become persuaded that such cases are hard to get wrong then the next course of action is to read Dalrymple’s great work.

    https://www.harriman-house.com/junk-medicine

    If you are still none the wiser then you might reasonably blame the post-war reform of the welfare state.

  7. In Vancouver area there seems to be a drop off in fentantyl overdoses lately, but there have recently been warnings about heroin/fentanyl etc being cut with benzo’s that looks like it’s is starting to be a problem.
    Interesting that separate locations develop the same issue

  8. “I wonder if alcohol pricing policy in Scotland has shifted the preference from opiate/alcohol combinations ”

    This.

    It’s the good old law of unintended consequences again.

  9. @Van_Patten

    Yep

    The addict prone have switched from alcohol to drugs as a consequence of SNP’s minimum price on alcohol.

    2 Litre Cider was £2.00 now £5.00

    Unintended consequences? No – ignoring probable consequences brought to their attention

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