Just this week, it was revealed that more than 400 people died of a suspected drug overdose between November 2022 and February 2023 north of the border.
Now in a letter to the new minister, RCPsych in Scotland is calling on the minister to discuss a number of issues including:
- How the Scottish Government intends to pursue equality of service for Scotland’s rural areas - where recruitment is a major issue.
- How it plans to improve coordination of prison release and aftercare.
- The future of MAT funding after the current five-year commitment.
- And the system change required to develop a more responsive and coherent alcohol treatment system.
Dr Susanna Galea Singer Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland’s Addictions Faculty said:
“We congratulate the new minister on her appointment and are keen to meet to discuss a number of pressing issues for drug addiction services in Scotland.”