6th March 2019

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Ministers have been criticised for backing plans to introduce a heroin "shooting gallery" in Glasgow, where addicts could inject themselves with their own drugs.

The plans were blocked by Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC and Prime Minister Theresa May then rejected calls to devolve the necessary powers.

A Scottish Government strategy published in November last year focused on reducing "stigma" towards addicts. It will divert some drug users away from the criminal justice system and into treatment.

Scottish Tory public health spokeswoman Annie Wells said: "Scotland is facing a drugs crisis and these figures prove it. There are tens of thousands of drug users with serious addictions and the SNP's approach so far simply hasn't been good enough.

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