A rise in people injecting cocaine and homelessness are the key factors behind a “perfect storm” that has resulted in a 10-fold increase in HIV infection among drug users in Glasgow city centre, research has found.
A police operation to crack down on drug dealing will be launched in Aberdeen after a successful initiative in Peterhead and Fraserburgh.
Ministers are to assemble a taskforce to tackle the rising number of drug deaths in Scotland.
Five men have been jailed for a total of 120 years after trying to import cocaine with a street value of over £100 million into the UK hidden in a yacht.
Two women have been arrested after £52,000 worth of drugs was recovered from a vehicle on the A96.
Eleven men have been arrested by police during coordinated raids targeting loyalist paramilitaries in Belfast.
A man has been arrested after drugs with an estimated street value of more than £315,000 were seized from a flat.
The UK Government has been urged to devolve drugs legislation to Scotland so that a consumption room can be created in Glasgow.
Drug dealers had almost 200kg of heroin and cocaine seized by police in Scotland last year, and more than 25,000 ecstasy tablets were confiscated.
The number of men dying from drug use in Northern Ireland has doubled in a decade, according to official statistics.
A drug to help prevent HIV have been prescribed to almost 1,900 people in the year since it was released in Scotland.