Calls for Holyrood to go it alone and reform law after data shows rate of death two and half times that of UK as a whole

More than twice as many people are dying from drug use in Scotland than a decade ago, according to figures that show the country’s rate of drug-related deaths is two and a half times that of the UK as a whole.

A total of 867 people in Scotland died after using illegal or prescription drugs in 2016, 23% more than a year earlier, and 106% more than in 2006, figures from National Records of Scotland show. Heroin and opioids were implicated in 88% of those deaths.

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