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Written questions and answers

Written parliamentary questions can be asked by any MSP to the Scottish Government or the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body. The questions provide a means for MSPs to get factual and statistical information from them.

Written questions must be answered within 10 working days (20 working days during recess). Other questions such as Topical, Portfolio, General and First Minister's Question Times are taken in the Chamber.

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Question ref. S6W-05027

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Date lodged: 14 December 2021

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the comments by the Minister for Drugs Policy on 17 June 2021 about more regular reporting of drug-related deaths by the National Records of Scotland (Official Report, c.57), when the first such report will be published, and how many reports will be published in each year.

Current Status: Answered by Angela Constance on 11 January 2022

Question ref. S6W-05022

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Date lodged: 14 December 2021

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the comments by the Minister for Drugs Policy on 17 June 2021 about Public Health Scotland’s ongoing surveillance work (Official Report, c.57), how many people (a) have died and (b) were admitted to hospital in connection with the consumption of (i) isotonitazene and (ii) other synthetic opioids in 2021, broken down by NHS board.

Current Status: Answered by Angela Constance on 11 January 2022

Question ref. S6W-05024

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Date lodged: 16 December 2021

To ask the Scottish Government how many people (a) have died and (b) were admitted to hospital in connection with the consumption of synthetic opioids in 2020, broken down by (i) the specific substance and (ii) NHS board.

Current Status: Answered by Angela Constance on 11 January 2022

Question ref. S6W-05026

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Date lodged: 14 December 2021

To ask the Scottish Government whether the early warning system, referenced in the Scottish Drug Deaths Taskforce’s Interim Report, is on track to be developed and rolled out by 31 March 2022, and whether it will detail how the system will operate.

Current Status: Answered by Angela Constance on 11 January 2022

Question ref. S6W-05025

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Date lodged: 14 December 2021

To ask the Scottish Government by what date the public health surveillance system, referenced in the Scottish Drug Deaths Taskforce’s Interim Report, will be fully operational, and what information the system will collate.

Current Status: Answered by Angela Constance on 11 January 2022

Question ref. S6W-05028

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Date lodged: 14 December 2021

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason it has not established a drug checking service, such as WEDINOS, which was launched by NHS Wales in 2013, and whether it has any plans to establish a similar service in the future.

Current Status: Answered by Angela Constance on 11 January 2022

Question ref. S6W-05023

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Date lodged: 14 December 2021

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the National Patient Safety Alert issued by Public Health England, Potent synthetic opioids implicated in increase in drug overdoses, which was issued on 18 August 2021, whether it has been notified of any instances of (a) isotonitazene and (b) other synthetic opioids having been detected in the illegal drugs market in Scotland, and, if so, (i) when and (ii) where each instance occurred.

Current Status: Answered by Angela Constance on 11 January 2022

Question ref. S6W-05104

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Date lodged: 13 December 2021

To ask the Scottish Government how many of the drug-related deaths that were included in the National Records for Scotland (NRS) Homeless Deaths reports for 2017-2020, were also included in the drug-related deaths figures that were published by the NRS in each year between 2017 and 2020.

Current Status: Answered by Angela Constance on 10 January 2022

Question ref. S6W-04220

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Date lodged: 9 November 2021

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the statement by the Minister for Drugs Policy on 26 October regarding holistic support for families (Official Report, c. 69), how much of the £3.5 million of funding for the current financial year has been allocated to each alcohol and drug partnership to support the mental health and wellbeing of family members affected by drug use.

Current Status: Answered by Angela Constance on 23 November 2021

Question ref. S6W-04219

Asked by: Baker, Claire, Mid Scotland and Fife, Date lodged: 9 November 2021

To ask the Scottish Government what the projected cost is of the national marketing campaign to reduce the stigmatisation of people with a drug problem; how long it will run for; whether it is being targeted to particular locations, and how it is being funded.

Current Status: Answered by Angela Constance on 23 November 2021