The seriousness of the drug death issue in Dundee was laid bare in a “deep dive” of statistics presented at the Dundee Partnership by forensic expert professor Niamh Nic Daeid.
Professor Nic Daeid of Dundee University told city officials that 85% of the city’s drug death victims hailed from its most deprived areas – far above the national average of 75%.
In addition, 67% of Dundonians who lost their lives to drugs had known mental health issues – the national average was 55%.
The expert said: “Scotland has the highest death rate per million people on the planet. It’s a hard fact that is difficult for our country to swallow.
“But we have, through the work of the commission, created a perfect storm for ourselves to make a change.”
In all 404 people have died due to substance use in Dundee since 2008 – 66 of which were in 2018 alone.