In this month’s DDN, nutritionist Helen Sandwell looks at the risk of ‘pure, white and deadly’ sugar to people in recovery. Also this issue – GPs fight to preserve access to shared care at this year’s RCGP conference, and how to improve support for those bereaved through drugs or alcohol.
Read our round-up of what’s happening across the UK
New psychoactive substances (NPS) are now being detected in Europe at a rate of two per week, according to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA).
The government has re-ignited the debate over whether benefit entitlement should be linked to accepting treatment, with the publication of a new review by Professor Dame Carol Black.
More than 400 people a month are being arrested for drug driving in England and Wales, according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).
The Psychoactive Substances Bill should be re-worded to ensure the legislation is effective, enforceable and does not result in ‘serious unintended consequences’, the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) has said.
A new set of good practice guidelines to support people who have lost a family member or friend through drugs or alcohol has been launched by the University of Bath, in partnership with the University of Stirling.
A round-up of national news
A look at local news from across the country
Don’t miss any of the latest magazine features
With a controversial ban on electronic cigarette use in public places in Wales now looking likely, DDN hears from anti-smoking charity ASH on why, perhaps surprisingly, it thinks the plan is misguided.
With primary care facing its severest set of challenges, delegates at the 2015 RCGP national conference argued vociferously for GPs to remain at the centre of substance misuse treatment.
DDN listened to a lively lunchtime meeting of The Naloxone Action Group (NAG) at the RCGP conference, looking at barriers to naloxone distribution.
How can support be improved for those bereaved through drug or alcohol-related deaths? A new set of guidelines offers advice for professionals who come into contact with substance-related bereavement, as Kayleigh Hutchins reports.
Be part of the the debate with the latest letters and comment
Ray Jenkins and Mark Gilman talk about the North West’s contributions to the UK recovery movement.
‘Naloxone is relatively easy to deploy – the key issue in most places is the political will to do so.’ – Clive Hallam, public health commissioning manager (interim), Hereford
‘How many lives have to be lost – or simply ruined – before reality and common sense finally prevail?’ – Owen Jones, Guardian, 3 June
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
Andy Irving discusses a new project in Sheffield aimed at promoting research, good practice and joined-up working.
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