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Road to recovery, drugs strategy debate 2

Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald said "we all have an interest in getting it right" during the second part of the debate on the Scotish government's drug strategy The Road to Recovery on 8 November 2012.

Central to the strategy was the concept of recovery to enable people to move on from problem drug use towards a drug free life and become an active and contributing member of society.

The strategy, which included a five-point plan, pledged at least £94m over three years for programmes to help wean people off drugs, and help them stay clean.

In October 2012 the Scottish government announced a review of its methadone programme.

It followed the release of figures showing that Scotland's drug deaths in 2011 were at a new high, with methadone linked to 47% of deaths.

Mr Mcdonald urged Scottish government ministers to consider the issues of how and when methadone was dispensed.

He also said "we certainly need to make full use of the rehabilitation facilities that exist".

Community Safety and Legal Affairs Minister Roseanna Cunningham said that no one had ever claimed that there was not more to be done and said "I don't think there is any society anywhere in the world that has reached that point".

Ms Cunningham said "we now need to start moving with pace to make sure recovery is at the heart of service provision"

Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie MSP said "we need to make sure we're making the right decisions about the care we are providing for people".

Conservative MSP Jackson Carlaw said the afternoon's debate had been one with Parliament wanting to work with the government and not against them.

MSPs voted to pass the amended motion from the drug strategy debate unanimously during decision time.

Conservative and Liberal Democrat amendments were passed, but the amendment from Labour was defeated with 34 MSPs backing it, 68 against it and with 12 amendments.

The first part of the debate can be viewed below:

Road to recovery, drugs strategy debate 1

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