Recent figures revealed that Scotland is witnessing a rise in mortality rate related to drugs. It has been feared that the rate has reached a record a level among those belonging to the train-spotting generation.
Men of this generation who now have reached an age of 35 and above were first introduced to drugs, including heroin and cocaine in 1980s and 1990s.
Irvine Welsh published his first novel ‘Trainspotting’, which included a quote, in which a man is given to an option to choose anything, live his life, but he ultimately chooses heroin, leaving apart everything. These recent figures revealed by General Register Office for Scotland despairingly highlight the quotes mentioned in the novel; men were losing out everything to choose out heroin.
Since 2007-2008, there has been an increase in the death rate related to drug abuse by 26%. Every four days, a death is reported in Lothian and the root cause is suggested to be drug addiction. Four in five men dying at the age of 35 and over are registered to have died of the same cause.
Last year’s figures revealed that 580 people died due to drug addiction, which was the highest ever administered; it was 20% more than its previous year’s record, which accounted for 485 deaths.
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