Turning Point Scotland's Position Statement on Drug Related Deaths
Scotland recorded 1,264 drug related deaths (DRD) in 2019, 6% more than in 2018 (1187 recorded). The number has more than doubled in the last 5 years and is almost three times that of the UK as a whole. A DRD is recorded when drugs are implicated in, or potentially contributed to, the cause of death. This number does not include deaths from suicide, from illnesses or infections related to drug use, from accidents or incidents that occurred while the person was using drugs; it really is just the tip of the iceberg.