Drug-related deaths

Statement by Thelma Bowers, Head of Mental Health Services, North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership

Statistics released today (Tuesday 15 August) show that the number of deaths associated with drugs has increased in Ayrshire and Arran. Unfortunately, this is similar to many other areas in Scotland – as well as England and Wales - and has happened despite the efforts of many individuals and agencies to protect people from the harm of drugs. Each death is a tragedy that affects individuals as well as their families and communities.

Reducing the number of drug-related deaths continues to be a key priority for NHS Ayrshire & Arran. Working closely with the local Health and Social Care Partnerships and the Alcohol and Drug Partnerships, we are continuing to implement a number of measures to reduce the harmful effects of alcohol and drug misuse.

It is clear, however, that drug-related deaths remain a major challenge and as such all services across Ayrshire and Arran will continue to address this as part of their alcohol and drug strategies.