‘It is worth spelling out that harm reduction reduces harm.’
In this month’s issue: Tracy Walker talks about reducing drug-related damage at music festivals, Philippe Bonnet discusses moving forward with naloxone distribution – and James Dickinson tells the story of Chandos House’s unofficial head of treatment.
Read our round-up of what’s happening across the UK
The government is to introduce a blanket ban on ‘legal highs’, as announced in last month’s Queen’s Speech.
Governments need to introduce more effective policies to tackle harmful drinking, according to a new report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
The rate of alcohol-related hospital admissions among the under-18s has fallen by more than 40 per cent over the last decade, according to new figures from Public Health England (PHE).
A round-up of national news
A look at local news from across the country
Don’t miss any of the latest magazine features
Progress on naloxone distribution is still slow and inconsistent throughout the UK. DDN asked naloxone champion Philippe Bonnet for some tips on moving forward.
Users of anabolic steroids are now the biggest client group in many needle and syringe programmes. David Gilliver talks to Jim McVeigh of Liverpool John Moores University’s Centre for Public Health about how services can meet their needs.
Storytelling through film can play an important role in recovery, says Lou Boyd.
David Finney tells you how to prepare for your CQC Inspection, ahead of the latest changes.
Be part of the the debate with the latest letters and comment
The government’s drug policies are not grounded in reality, says law student Alice Gambell.
‘No one wants to ask if the mass incarceration policy of the last 20 years really works and why it is so costly,’ Denis MacShane, Guardian, 21 May
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.
A breath of fresh air — Why don’t we take smoking cessation seriously, asks Dr Steve Brinksman. 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‘, 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
James Dickinson shares the story of Bert, the unofficial head of treatment at Chandos House.
John Lowes takes us with him on a very personal journey.
DDN’s place to share knowledge and good practice
Annalice Sibley talks about how she set up an online support group to help women in recovery.
Kate Furey talks about how she used long-forgotten skills to get her life back on track.
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Fast forward on naloxone
June 15, 2015
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