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The new stats reveal that 1,330 people lost their lives to drug misuse in Scotland in 2021.
This represents a fall of only one percent since 2020.
In a small indicator of improvement over time, the new figures reveal that drug related deaths have not risen for the first year since 2013.
However, the high numbers still represent the second highest annual total for Scotland, and far outpaces figures for the rest of the UK and EU.
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