These are the 10 areas of Scotland with the highest rate of drug-related deaths

The number of people killed by drugs in Scotland reached an all-time high last year, with almost 1,200 drug-related deaths recorded.

The number of drug-related deaths in Scotland reached an all-time high in 2018

Official statistics reveal significant regional disparities in where drug-related fatalities are taking place. Here, we list the 12 NHS health boards in Scotland with the highest death rates - which are based on a five-year average to reduce year-to-year fluctuations.

The Greater Glasgow & Clyde health board - which includes Renfrewshire and Inverclyde - has the highest rate of drug deaths at 0.23 per 1,000 of the population

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The Tayside health board, which includes the city of Dundee, had the second highest rate of drug deaths at 0.18 per 1,000 people
The Ayrshire & Arran health board, which includes the town of Ayr, has the third highest rate of deaths at 0.17 per 1,000 people
The Lanarkshire health board, which includes the town of Coatbridge, has a death rate from drugs of 0.15 per 1,000 people
The Lothian health board, which includes Edinburgh, has a death from drugs rate of 0.14 per 1,000 people
The Forth Valley health board, which includes the town of Falkirk, has a death rate from drugs of 0.14 per 1,000 people
The Fife health board, which includes the town of Dunfermline, has a death rate from drugs of 0.14 per 1,000 people
The Grampian health board, which includes Aberdeen, has a death rate from drugs of 0.12 per 1,000 people
The Borders health board, which includes the town of Hawick, has a death from drugs rate of 0.12 per 1,000 people
The death rate from drugs is 0.11 per 1,000 people