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Scotland is one of only two places in the UK which has experienced an increase in unemployment
Scotland is one of only two places in the UK which has experienced an increase in unemployment
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It’s never too early to learn something new, like has Trainspotting caused more drug usage and does Scotland have enough donated blood for medical emergencies, plus a couple other things.

Did Trainspotting cause more drug users?

Could there be a link between Scotland’s Trainspotting generation and long term addiction problems? Official figures have shown that the number of hospital stays linked to “opioids” such as methadone and heroin, has risen fivefold since 1996/97.

Drug-related hospitalization remained steady amongst under-25s, but there was a significant rise among older users, with an elevenfold increase in admissions of those aged 40 to 44 years old.

Does the director of the Scottish Drugs Forum agree? >>>

Are Scotland’s hospitals running out of blood?

The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service has said that keeping up with supplies of blood has been a constant demand. With more than 190,000 individual donations of blood needed over the next six months to keep pace, worry is starting to build.

MORE than 190,000 individual donations of blood will be required over the next six months to keep pace with demand.

Only nine per cent of people in Scotland have 0 Negative blood, but it is needed for 12 per cent of all transfusions

What are doctors saying? >>>

What is Scottish unemployment sitting at?

There has been another rise in Scotland of unemployment, bringing the new total to 170,000 people out of work. This worrying rise makes Scotland only one of two regions in the whole of the UK to have experienced a rise - the other being the North East of England.

The Scottish unemployment rate is now sitting at 6.1 per cent - higher than the UK average of 5.4 per cent.

What is the Government saying about it? >>>

What events are there at Scottish Book Week?

With Scottish Book week invading the country, there is a whole host of events to attend. From talks to workshops, with events aimed at adults, children and everything in between, there is something for the entire family, including craft sessions, writing advice, and of course, the one and only Brian Blessed.

What other events can you expect? >>>