Report recommends drug agency for ScotlandBMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6940.1318a (Published 21 May 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1318
- B Christie
A national drugs agency is needed in Scotland to coordinate services designed to combat the country's growing drugs problem, a parliamentary inquiry has concluded. Scotland is estimated to have 20 000 drug injectors - the highest proportion in any country in Europe.
The Netherlands has three times the population of Scotland but the same number of injectors. The inquiry's report calculates the cost to society of illegal drug use in Scotland to be over £1bn after account is taken of health and social care costs and …