For Glasgow drug-related deaths ‘success,’ Dawn Butler is mocked


She wrote: “We need to have a sensible grown-up discussion on drugs in our country.

“It worked in Glasgow it’ll work in London.

However, the Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities was slammed over her comparison to Glasgow.

“This is a good first step.”

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  • Taking to Twitter to discuss the notion of implementing and considering new rules, Labour MP for Brent, Dawn Butler, praised the idea and compared it to similar schemes in Scotland.

  • “We need a public health approach to tackle crime.

RonReg0807 taking to Twitter wrote: “Worked in Glasgow? who did you ask? Nicola Sturgeon?”

Another social media user, EG, said: “Doesn’t Scotland have the largest drug problem in Europe, clearly that approach didn’t work.”

Whilst Tommy H said: “The demographics in both cities is very different. “This shows how out of touch you are.”

According to a report entitled: “Drug-Related Deaths in Scotland”, such deaths are a serious issue in Scotland. It read: “In 2020, there were 1,339 drug-related deaths registered in Scotland, 5 percent (59 deaths) more than in 2019.

“This was the largest number ever recorded since the series began in 1996. “The number of deaths has increased substantially over the last 20 years – there were 4.6 times as many deaths in 2020 compared with 2000.”

According to the Scottish Government, figures improved slightly in 2021. It said: “There were 1,295 suspected drug deaths, 8 percent (116) fewer than during the same period of 2020.

The report added: “Greater Glasgow and Clyde had the highest death rate at 30.8 per 100,000 population, followed by Ayrshire & Arran and Tayside with rates of 27.2 and 25.7 per 100,000 population respectively.” A particular focus was given to the city of Glasgow.