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How hard is it for a Dundee drug user to get clean? Find out with our interactive simulation

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In 2018, 1,187 people died in Scotland from drug related death – the highest rate in the developed world.

Click here for A Close Path – The Courier’s interactive simulation on a Dundee drug user’s experiences*

Statistics show Dundee and Glasgow has, for the last decade, swapped with each other as the “drugs death capital” – a title no-one should want or have.

Despite efforts, the death rate in Dundee only seems to increase, with 66 people in 2018 alone succumbing to drugs.

The figures in Dundee do not fit the national bell-curve – whereas across Scotland, the so-called “Trainspotting” generation who lived through addiction in the late 1980s and 1990s contribute to the grim Saltire death stats, in Dundee it is different.

In Dundee, men, aged between 25-34, who live or have grown up in poverty and consume multiple-drugs are more likely to die than any other.

Figures, though, can often be overwhelming.

That’s why we have created A Close Path – an interactive story compiled by Lesley-Anne Kelly with multiple endings, to help try and illustrate the struggles behind the numbers.

Access to the city’s recovery and rehabilitation resources are available throughout, for those wanting to know more about them.

Click here for A Close Path – The Courier’s interactive simulation on a Dundee drug user’s experiences*

*Please note: we tested as many browsers as possible but it may not be compatible with all of them. If you receive an error message at the beginning try the “start again” link in the bottom corner.

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