17/08/2016 Reporting Scotland


17/08/2016

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The number of drugs deaths in Scotland has hit a record high.

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more than 700 people died last year - a 15% increase on the year before.

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Health professionals are calling for new strategies

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to tackle the problem, including the introduction

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of medically-supervised heroin for addicts most at risk.

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Our home affairs correspondent, Reevel Alderson reports.

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Front line troops in the fight to get drug deaths down.

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Glasgow's assertive outreach workers.

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Each day, teams tried to find users who

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are injecting on the streets, putting themselves and the public

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We are trying to promote the use of clean needles.

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We also provide the antidote to opiate overdose.

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You don't have to go far from Glasgow city

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centre to find evidence of street drug use existing.

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We found drugs paraphernalia lying in considerable

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The people who are leaving this stuff are the people

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most at risk of dying and they are the hardest to reach

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Official figures just released show the scale of

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There were 706 drug-related deaths in Scotland last

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Older users, over 35, with long drug-taking histories

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There are public health implications.

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Needle sharing has led to a rise in infections, such as HIV

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Copenhagen is one of many places around Europe offering users

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the chance to receive medical grade heroin under supervision.

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These ideas are one's health officials

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here would like to explore to save lives and money.

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There would be a cost benefit, cost reduction to the

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Prisons, the criminal justice systems, housing,

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We had three new members last month, which was quite

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She offers support to families bereaved by addiction and

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is in favour of supervised drug injection.

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It is getting people out of the shadows.

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The number of young people dying from drug-taking is coming down and

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the number from taking drugs is the lowest in a decade.

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Unemployment has fallen in Scotland and across the UK as a whole.

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Official figures show the number of people out of work in Scotland

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between April and June was down by 26,000.

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It means the Scottish unemployment rate stands at 5.2%

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- higher than the UK rate of 4.9% of the workforce.

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The construction defects which closed 17 schools in Edinburgh

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could have implications for buildings across the UK.

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That's according to the leader of the City Council who's

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commissioned an inquiry into what happened.

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He was speaking as children returned to school in the capital

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after the summer break. John McManus reports.

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A massive storm had caused a wall of the school to collapse

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Checks carried out on all of the city

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public school is soon uncovered the same faults will do yesterday,

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Reporting Scotland revealed 30 schools across the country had to

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have repairs because of defective wall and header ties, like this one

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In Edinburgh, thousands of pupils were unable to return to

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school after Easter while repairs were made.

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The first day of term hree at this high school in Edinburgh.

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As pupils begin the academic year, the

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council is starting its own enquiry as to why 17 of its schools had to

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under the public private partnership championed by Labour.

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Edinburgh Council says that financial model

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It is not a contract issue, it is a construction

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We'll be holding them to account for what has gone wrong.

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The enquiry will report by the end of

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December 2016 and I will be ramifications.

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For the whole of Scotland and potentially the rest of

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These pupils explained how they had to be bussed to different

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I switched on my phone, I was studying, and then it

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came through that we were not in school Monday.

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Older pupils heading for exams were prioritised.

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The actual teaching, they were not taught proper lessons.

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Parents will await the outcome of the public

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enquiry, expected to conclude in December.

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To the Olympics and Scottish athletes have made

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it through the heats in

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two events on the track at the Olympic stadium this afternoon.

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Andy Butchart qualified for Saturday's final of the five

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thousand metres and Lynsey Sharp is through to the semi finals

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Football and Celtic scored five goals in the first leg

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of their Champions League play-off against Hapiel Beer Sheeva,

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but the Israelis did manage to score two vital away

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Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths put Celtic in charge before this free

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kick from Griffiths gave them a 3-0 half-time lead.

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But Celtic switched off after the break, conceding

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The Scottish champions held their nerve with Moussa Dembele

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and captain Scott Brown scoring to make it 5-2.

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The second leg is in Israel next Tuesday.

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Rugby and the SRU have announced that Gregor Townsend will become

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the Scotland head coach in June next year.

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The 43-year-old is currently in charge of the Glasgow Warriors

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and will replace New Zealander Vern Cotter at the end of the season.

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Townsend led Glasgow to the Pro 12 title in 2015.

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Well, after a glorious day for much of the country,

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It was glorious, 27 degrees in the north-west. Tonight it is dry with

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clear spells but also some list and low cloud for the east coast. At

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times in Tayside, the Eastern and central belt. Tomorrow is looking

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fairly decent, still some cloud across many eastern parts but a dry

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day for most. One or two showers. Across the UK as a whole, we have

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this weather front out west producing cloud for Northern

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Ireland, into Wales and the south-west. Many areas will be dry

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and pleasant and warmth with temperatures around 20 to 24

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Celsius. Workload around tomorrow compared to today but sunshine and

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moderate winds. Friday is not pleasant. Low-pressure budging from

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the south-west, a real change is it with cloudy, wet and windy weather.

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It starts dry with some sunshine but the cloud and the rain moves on from

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the south-west and journeys right across the country as we head to the

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day. It will be breezy and equally feel with temperatures around 1718

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Celsius. And that's Reporting Scotland this

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Wednesday evening.

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