Drug abuse rates in Scotland are at an all-time high, making the country one of the worst in the world, an international survey by the UN has found.
Scotland was in the top 6 on the list of high drug abuse rates with Afghanistan, Iran, Costa Rica, Russia and Mauritius being placed in the top 5. The survey also found that 2.5% of the population in Scotland has an issue with the drug ecstasy.
Professor Graeme Pearson, former head of the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency said the problem has not gone out of control. He blamed the government for not taking steps to address the issue.
"If you have a successful drugs strategy the number of problematic drug users will fall but there's no evidence to suggest that is happening," he said. "If you have millions of pounds to invest do you choose an area with a drug problem and take a risk in terms of whether the workforce is going to deliver, or do you set up somewhere where drug abuse is falling? The answer is obvious."
The problem is very acute as crime rates attributed to drugs has also spiraled in the country.