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Motion ref. S6M-00400

Tackling Drug Related Deaths

Submitted by: Angela Constance, Almond Valley, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Supported by: Nicola Sturgeon
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, June 17, 2021

Motions as amended

That the Parliament supports the national mission to tackle drug-related deaths and harms; welcomes proposals for the introduction of guidance to increase the accessibility of residential rehabilitation programmes; notes that increased funding is supporting enhancements to ensure that resources reach frontline treatment, rehabilitation and recovery services in areas of acute demand; believes that the new Medication-Assisted Treatment Standards are fundamental to ensuring that everyone who requires support can get access to the drug treatment or support option that they seek; further believes that actions on the standards, such as the implementation of same-day prescribing and increasing the range of treatment options available across the country, will help save lives; supports calls for an urgent four-nations summit to consider reform of the 50-year-old Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 to fully align the law with a public health response, so that all options for tackling the harm caused by drugs can be deployed, if supported by the Scottish Parliament; considers that the resources of the police and justice system should be focused on supporting lifesaving, public health interventions and believes that all options within the existing legal framework should be explored to support the delivery of safe consumption facilities; notes that delivering the new Medication-Assisted Treatment Standards will require significant service reform; believes that, given the scale of the drugs deaths crisis in Scotland, there must be public accountability and scrutiny over implementation of the standards; calls on the Scottish Government to report on a six-monthly basis to the Parliament on the progress of implementation and service improvement; considers that safe consumption rooms are an important public health measure that could reduce drug deaths and deliver wider benefits to communities, as they have done elsewhere; condemns the UK Government's refusal to support trials in Scotland and urges it to reconsider; calls on the Scottish Government to investigate, as a matter of urgency, what options it has to establish legal and safe consumption rooms within the existing legal framework; notes the recommendation made by Sir Harry Burns to routinely record adverse childhood experiences, and believes that all aspects of recovery and treatment should be trauma-informed; understands that guidance has previously been issued by the Lord Advocate to police officers relating to the use of recorded police warnings in certain cases of minor offending; would support a new Lord Advocate reviewing this guidance and examining how it can be strengthened, in light of the resolution of the Parliament on motion S5M-24396 on 18 March 2021 and the support expressed for working towards diverting people caught in possession of drugs for personal use into treatment, and believes that a parliamentary statement after the summer recess from the new Lord Advocate on the principles and practicalities of diversion would be beneficial in informing public debate and the response of authorities to Scotland's drugs deaths crisis.


Vote

Result 94 for, 28 against, 0 abstained, 7 no vote Vote Passed

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party  0 for, 28 against, 0 abstained, 3 no vote Read more Read less

Scottish National Party  61 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 3 no vote Read more Read less

Scottish Green Party  7 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 0 no vote Read more Read less

Scottish Labour  22 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 0 no vote Read more Read less

Scottish Liberal Democrats  4 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 0 no vote Read more Read less

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No Party Affiliation  0 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 1 no vote Read more Read less

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Original motion text

That the Parliament supports the national mission to tackle drug-related deaths and harms; welcomes proposals for the introduction of guidance to increase the accessibility of residential rehabilitation programmes; notes that increased funding is supporting enhancements to ensure that resources reach frontline treatment, rehabilitation and recovery services in areas of acute demand; believes that the new Medication-Assisted Treatment Standards are fundamental to ensuring that everyone who requires support can get access to the drug treatment or support option that they seek; further believes that actions on the standards, such as the implementation of same-day prescribing and increasing the range of treatment options available across the country, will help save lives, and supports calls for an urgent four-nations summit to consider reform of the 50-year-old Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 to fully align the law with a public health response, so that all options for tackling the harm caused by drugs can be deployed, if supported by the Scottish Parliament.


Accepted amendments

Motion ref. S6M-00400.2

Tackling Drug Related Deaths - Amendment

Submitted by: Alex Cole-Hamilton, Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date lodged: Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Current status: Taken in the chamber on Thursday, June 17, 2021

Result 93 for, 28 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote Vote Passed


Motion ref. S6M-00400.3

Tackling Drug Related Deaths - Amendment

Submitted by: Gillian Mackay, Central Scotland, Scottish Green Party, Date lodged: Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Current status: Taken in the chamber on Thursday, June 17, 2021

Result 94 for, 28 against, 0 abstained, 7 no vote Vote Passed


Motion ref. S6M-00400.4

Tackling Drug Related Deaths - Amendment

Submitted by: Claire Baker, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date lodged: Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Supported by: Foysol Choudhury, Pauline McNeill, Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the chamber on Thursday, June 17, 2021

Result 94 for, 28 against, 0 abstained, 7 no vote Vote Passed


Defeated amendments

Motion ref. S6M-00400.1

Tackling Drug Related Deaths - Amendment

Submitted by: Sue Webber, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date lodged: Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Current status: Taken in the chamber on Thursday, June 17, 2021

Result 28 for, 72 against, 22 abstained, 7 no vote Vote Defeated