Thursday, October 20, 2005

Worst in Scotland for drugs - Dumfries and Galloway?

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Think of the police in Dumfries in Galloway and you think of the Lockerbie Bomb Trial.

And this: Police chief- Lockerbie evidence was faked

And this: Pan Am Flight 103 hit Lockerbie on 21 December 1988. The Dumfries and Galloway police began to investigate. But for two days it was "difficult" for them to collect evidence as "CIA agents combed the countryside for the luggage of the dead American intelligence agents and a suitcase full of heroin...."

According to the BBC, 14 October 2005:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/4241696.stm

Research carried in 2004 showed that 52% of those with a drug problem in Dumfries and Galloway were aged between 15 and 19 when their addiction began.

This compares with 38% in the Greater Glasgow health board area.

Researchers from the Centre for Drugs Misuse Research (CDMR) at Glasgow University found that the prevalence of misuse in the Dumfries and Galloway area had risen significantly between 2000 and 2003.

The prevalence figure, which is expressed as a percentage of those aged between 15 and 54 who use problem drugs (mainly heroin), had risen from 1.6% to 2.43%, a rate higher than both Edinburgh (2.10%) and Aberdeen (2.03%).



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