LEGISLATION ensuring all those suffering from drug or alcohol addiction are given access to the finest treatment is “long overdue”, a Mid Scotland MSP has said.

Alexander Stewart, Tory MSP for Mid-Scotland and Fife, has urged local cross-party members to back the Addiction Recovery Bill.

This bill, introduced by Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross, would enshrine in law the right to access the most appropriate treatment for all those in Scotland.

Mr Stewart has thrown full backing for the bill, insisting that too many have died in the Wee County as a result of addiction.

He said: “I am delighted to see the Right to Recovery Bill finally be formally introduced to the Scottish Parliament.

“This bill has been written alongside frontline experts and secured overwhelming support during its consultation stage. At its heart is a legal right enshrined in law for everyone who needs it to access treatment which is the most appropriate for them.

“Drug deaths in Scotland are the highest in Europe, while alcohol deaths are at their highest level since 2008. Too many people across our regions have lost their lives to drugs or alcohol in recent years and we must stop so many people grieving the loss of loved ones.

“That is why I now urge all cross-party Members to confirm their backing for this Bill.

“This proposed legislation is long overdue and we should not delay for a moment longer if we are to truly tackle the drug and alcohol deaths crisis that is blighting our country.”