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MSPs to examine routes into problem drug use

4 June 2019

The Scottish Affairs Committee will be joined by Members of the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee as it continues its inquiry into problem drug use in Scotland, with a session examining routes into problematic drug use.

Scope of the session

In this evidence session, the Committee seeks to unpick the various ways in which problematic drug use can develop. The session will examine how prescription drugs, recreational drugs, and criminal justice interventions can lead to problematic drug use. The MPs and MSPs will also consider the effectiveness of methadone as a treatment, how supply and accessibility of illicit drugs has been affected by the internet, as well as the effectiveness of recent laws banning “legal highs”.


This is the first of two evidence sessions for this inquiry in which several Members of the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee will participate jointly. The Committee will be joined by Emma Harper MSP, Brian Whittle MSP, and David Stewart MSP.

Tuesday 4 June 2019, Committee Room 5

At 2.15pm:

  • Angus Bancroft, University of Edinburgh
  • Vicki Craik, Crew 2000
  • Dr Neil McKeganey, Centre for Substance Use Research
  • Dr Iain McPhee, University of the West of Scotland

Further information

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