DRUGS tsars have been slammed over plans to spend £2.75million on smartphones for addicts — amid file excessive deaths.
Officers have been accused of failing to know the dimensions of the disaster because the freebie drive for drawback customers was revealed.
Greater than 2,000 addicts will get a cell to assist preserve them linked to lifeline providers below a Scottish Authorities-backed “digital inclusion drive”.
The gadgets will include web knowledge so customers can search on-line assist.
However Annemarie Ward, of dependancy restoration charity Favor Scotland, mentioned: “There’s a middle-class naivety on the Drug Deaths Taskforce that’s attempting to type an issue they don’t come near understanding.
“Persons are dying in additional numbers than we’ve seen in any a part of the world at any time in historical past. We aren’t managing this.”
Scotland had a file 1,264 drug-related fatalities in 2019, making us Europe’s drug loss of life capital.
The speed was nearly 3½ instances increased than the UK as an entire.
In the course of the Holy-rood election marketing campaign, Nicola Sturgeon admitted the Scottish Authorities had taken its “eye off the ball” on medicine deaths.
Ministers have since pledged an additional £250million spending over 5 years to sort out the difficulty, together with a £100million rehab and aftercare increase.
However Scots Tory shadow well being secretary Annie Wells mentioned of the smartphone mission: “The close to £3million being spent on this needs to be directed to fund very important rehabilitation beds for many who want them most.
“Too many who need to get off medicine can’t get the remedy.”
The Scottish Authorities mentioned: “Many susceptible to drug-related loss of life ha- ve no technique of looking for assist on-line.
“This initiative will goal individuals most in danger, giving them entry to life-saving assist.”
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