‘I’m not the only person in this room who’s been through challenges.’
Powerful presentations, inspiring personal stories and determined user activism at the eighth national service user involvement conference, The Challenge: getting it right for everybody.
Read our round-up of what’s happening across the UK
More than half (53 per cent) of respondents to DrugScope’s latest State of the sector survey have reported a reduction in the number of frontline staff, the charity states
The Liberal Democrats’ manifesto will ‘contain the most far-reaching drug reform policies ever put forward by a major political party ahead of an election’, according to party leader Nick Clegg.
There were 8,416 alcohol-related deaths registered in the UK in 2013, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) scheme is to be extended, the government has announced.
Primary school children are more familiar with beer brands than leading makes of biscuits, crisps or ice cream, according to a new report from Alcohol Concern.
Just 4 per cent of the worldwide total of drug users living with HIV are receiving antiretroviral therapy, according to Harm Reduction International’s (HRI) latest Global state of harm reductionreport
DDN takes a look at local news from across the country
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Delegates at The challenge – getting it right for everybody heard a succession of powerful and inspiring presentations on the theme of overcoming obstacles.
The day’s final session saw an uplifting presentation from Richard McCann on the challenge of achieving things he’d never thought possible, and turning trauma and tragedy into triumph.
The day saw repeated calls for life-saving, and cost-effective, naloxone to be made more widely available.
The exhibition area was a vibrant bustle of networking all day as service user groups shared information on their activities. What did the experience mean to those involved?
Sophie Sherrington came to the conference as a delegate but found herself on stage singing True Colours to rapturous applause.
Be part of the the debate with the latest letters and comment
‘People need to be supported where they are, not where services or workers think they should be..’– Dr Chris Ford
‘It makes little sense to deal with new substances in isolation. If there is a solution to the difficult problem of seeking alternatives to the war on drugs, it very likely lies not only in looking forward, as New Zealand attempted, but also looking back and reflecting on the laws we already have.’ – Ross Bell, New Scientist, 12 January
Catch up on your favourite columnists
Off the record – DDN brings you thoughts and advice from our insider. Read here.
Right for the people — When do specialist drug and alcohol services play a part in the wider public health agenda, asks Marcus Roberts. Read here.
Put on the spot— Dr Steve Brinksman on having his preconceptions challenged. Read here.
Mind the gap — Employability support should be an important part of tackling reoffending rates, says Amar Lodhia. Read here.
Best foot forward— ‘The volume of activity and appetite for change during September’s ‘recovery month’ speaks volumes about the momentum of the recovery community‘, says Alistair Sinclair. Read here.
Release solicitor Kirstie Douse answers your legal questions. This month: I was attacked – How can I get compensation? Read here.
Voices of strength – Adfam’s carol concert reminder. Read here.
Personal stories and news from the DDN community
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Friends and colleagues pay tribute.
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Alliance colleagues and friends pay tribute.
DDN’s place to share knowledge and good practice
Brian Cowie explains how a ‘designated place of safety’ is providing a safe haven in Aberdeen for individuals to sober up and find support.
Lisa Goodall and Caryn Smith tell DDN how the North Ayrshire Council Addiction Services (NACAS) changed parts of their service to support women.
If you’ve approached a familiar area of practice differently, or started a new initiative in your area, we want to hear about it – email firstname.lastname@example.org
March 9, 2015
More than half (53 per cent) of respondents to DrugScope’s latest State of the sector survey have reported a reduction in the number of frontline … [Read More...]
March 9, 2015
The Liberal Democrats’ manifesto will ‘contain the most far-reaching drug reform policies ever put forward by a major political party ahead of an … [Read More...]