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The Courrier report that show items including spoons, needles, filters for smoking, and ”one-hit kits” were given to drug addicts during the last two years.

Statistics passed to The Courier also revealed that more than 22 million items of paraphernalia were dished out in the last two financial years.

Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board had the biggest outlay, accounting for more than a quarter of the cash, with NHS Grampian in second place on the list.

NHS Tayside spent £286,500 during 2010/11 and 2011/12, while NHS Fife’s total was £148,000 for the same period.

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