Article by Fiona Raeburn, Chair, Scottish Specialist Pharmacists in Substance Misuse
This week saw the launch of 2016 data for drug-related deaths in Scotland.
867 deaths have been reported, the highest since data recording began in 1996. The causes of deaths are complex and multi factorial, however, the figures show that drug deaths are more commonly affecting people in an increasingly older age group with multiple significant health problems. As the profession which is generally in contact with patients most regularly, pharmacists are in a unique position to help. Read more Drug-related deaths in Scotland 2016: How can pharmacy help?