Another report, another damning indication that Scotland’s drug deaths are way out of control.
Alarmingly, many more young people feature in Public Health Scotland’s statistics on hospital drug admissions than in recent years.
We now have to treat three times as many people in hospital, across the board, as we did 20 years ago.
The Daily Record has led the way in calling for a radical rethink on Scotland’s drug laws.
We want to see the crisis treated as a health emergency – rather than something that can be solved by criminalising addicts.
The stark truth is that our current method of dealing with the drug crisis is failing – and despite the lockdown, it is a growing problem.
Coronavirus has helped us underline how Scots value the sanctity of life.
Yet we must, as a society, now acknowledge that some lives have not been valued as highly as others.
The Scottish Government has presided over a decade during which drug deaths have doubled.
Money thrown into the pot in the last year has not even covered the cuts that were imposed on drug and alcohol programme budgets.
The Scottish Government has opened the purse strings to help those left in dire straits through coronavirus, proving that cash can be found when there is a genuine will for it.
There were 1187 drug deaths at the last count and higher still are expected in the next figures.
Scotland must give this very genuine national emergency the funding it desperately needs, to provide lasting help to all who need it.
Voters take a dim view of politicians – and view hypocrisy as one of their worst attributes.
But the actions of Scots Tory leader Douglas Ross break new ground on double standards.
Man Utd striker Marcus Rashford has won plaudits for his brilliant campaign to extend free school meals into the holidays.
It struck a chord with ordinary people and put the spotlight on a heartless Tory Government.
Ross, an MP at Westminster until he can be parachuted into Holyrood, says he supports Rashford’s idea but does not want his colleagues to vote for it at Westminster.
This is because he is against his Scottish MPs voting for a policy that only applies to England. But in failing to back this measure while mouthing support for it, he is looking two ways at once.
Ross – an assistant referee in his spare time – has failed this test of leadership and deserves a red card for cowardice.