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Leader comment: Wake up! Pills are not a panacea

In the BBC documentary The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs, Dr Chris van Tulleken estimated that someone born today could take as many as 100,000 pills during their lifetime.

Opinion 2

Testing P1 pupils causes ‘tantamount to abuse’, say education campaigners

Testing primary one children is ‘tantamount to illness, or neglect or abuse’, say a lobby of educationalists in Scotland.

Education 39

SNP accused of ‘disowning’ Scotland’s oil and gas sector

The Scottish Government has axed a flagship measure of the state of the oil and gas industry - prompting claims it is "actively disowning"  the sector.

Politics 219
A new Gaelic school has opened in Portree, the largest town on Isle of Skye. Picture: Donald MacLeod

Row over £10m Gaelic school opening on Isle of Skye

A bitter row has broken out on the Isle of Skye over a new £10m Gaelic school, which one local councillor has dubbed a “disaster for community relations”.

Education 121
Margo MacDonald led previous bids to change the law. Picture: Esme Allen

Fresh bid to legalise assisted suicide for the dying in Scotland

A fresh bid to introduce assisted suicide in Scotland is under way, with one MSP backing the prospect of “cross party” legislation to give dying Scots the right to end their lives.

Politics 58
The child was stuck in the elevator at the Glasgow Science Centre

Boy trapped in escalator on school trip after shoe ‘gets stuck’

An investigation has been launched after a five-year-old-boy got trapped in an escalator on a school trip.

News
Scottish News has folded before an issue could be produced

‘Scottish News’ media company folds before first issue

A media start-up which claimed it would hire up to 300 journalists has folded without printing a single newspaper or broadcasting any material.

Lifestyle 26
The North Sea was built on innovation and enterprise, says Martin Ewan

Comment: North Sea troubles have been good for tech sector

The trials and tribulations of the North Sea oil and gas sector have been well documented in recent years, but there is growing evidence of an upturn and in recent weeks we have seen the price of Brent crude oil nudging over $70 per barrel.

Tech 4
RBS has faced criticism for closing scores of bank branches amid a migration to banking by smartphone. Picture: Stuart Cobley

RBS pushes button on chief digital officer role

In a sign of the changing times within banking, Royal Bank of Scotland had appointed a chief digital officer.

Tech
There is still a stark gender divide among students in Scotland when it comes to choice of courses

Women pick medicine in Scottish university gender divide

The highest enrolled undergraduate courses for female students in Scotland last year were those connected to medicine, while for males it was engineering and technology, latest figures reveal.

Education 4
MSPs have backed a call to change the law.

MSPs back safe room for addicts in Glasgow to take drugs

MSPs last night voted to call on the UK government to allow a safe room to be created where addicts can take drugs.

Politics 20
Willie Rennie. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Willie Rennie slams government over perinatal mental health

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has accused the First Minister of “failing mothers and their children” after a new report revealed significant gaps in perinatal mental health ­provision.

News 15
Thomas Telford's Crinan Canal, described as Britain's most beautiful shortcut, was built in 1801. (Picture: Allan Milligan)

Leader comment: The wonderful tales Scotland must tell

The ‘ancient kingdom of Dalriada’ is crying out for a box set.

Opinion
From left, Patrick Renner, Suzanne Mitskchke, and Rogelio Arellano of MindMate, one of the many start-ups to have come through the EIE programme. Picture: Stewart Attwood

Scottish start-up survey finds growing confidence in tech sector

Growing a customer base, attracting investment and hiring talent are the biggest challenges for Scotland’s fledgling tech businesses, an industry survey has found.

Tech
Students in Scotland are choosing certain degrees above others.

Most and least popular first degrees in Scotland revealed

The most highly enrolled undergraduate courses for female students in Scotland last year were those connected to medicine, while for males it was engineering and technology, latest figures reveal.

Education 3
Raigmore Hospital is the largest hospital in the NHS Highland Health Board, located in Inverness. Picture: Getty Images

Report reveals ‘extremely murky goings-on’ at NHS Highland

NHS bosses have had a contract with a medical centre for almost 20 years without any formal tender arrangements being put in place to ensure value for money, a leaked report has revealed.

News 16
Holyrood urged to back safe injecting rooms for drug users in Glasgow. Picture: JP

Holyrood urged to back safe drug injection room in Glasgow

Public health minister Aileen Campbell is set to call on the Scottish Parliament to back a safe injecting room for drug users.

Health 30
Shoppers take to Glasgow's Buchanan Street, but Scotland's retail sector is one of several poor performers (Picture: John Devlin)

Bill Jamieson: Here’s how the world is leaving Scotland behind

Economic optimism about the global economy doesn’t extend to Scotland, writes Bill Jamieson.

Opinion 87
State school education should be free for all (Picture: Getty)

Leader comment: The scandal of state school fees

The idea that any child, regardless of their parents’ wealth, can do well in school is a key ‘Scottish value’.

Opinion 3
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