Scotland's Futures Forum has compiled a report that moots radical ways to tackle drug and alcohol addiction. The report to be tabled before Scottish Parliament asks for the set up of "consumption rooms" where addicts can indulge in drugs safely.
The think-tank was established by the Parliament with a view to carve out plans to tackle these issues in Scotland. The report also says cannabis should be taxed so as to regulate it more tightly.
An idea that was given serious consideration includes "heroin-assisted treatment to combat the high levels of drug-related deaths and hepatitis C infection."
Former health minister Susan Deacon welcomed the report saying all possibilities must be explored to tackle drugs. "We must look at drugs, alcohol and wider addiction problems as being health and social matters not simply matters which should be looked at within our criminal justice system," she added.