DDN Magazine

DDN Feb15In this month’s issue of DDN…

Welcome to the ‘new look’ DDN! In this month’s issue, we look at why technology may offer more people the support they need to make changes to their drinking, and Alcohol Concern’s chief exec Jackie Ballard talks to the magazine about challenging the drinks industry. Let us know what you think of your new DDN!

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Read our round-up of what’s happening across the UK

Chris Grayling

Grayling announces tough NPS penalties for prisoners

People found smuggling or using new psychoactive substances (NPS) in prison will face a new range of punitive measures, the government has announced.




Government backs plain tobacco packaging

The government has announced that it backs the public health case for introducing standardised packaging of tobacco, with MPs set to vote on the issue before the general election.




Alcohol industry ‘can’t be trusted’ on safer drinking

The drinks industry ‘can’t be trusted’ to promote safer drinking and is ‘undermining its own pledges’ to encourage it, according to a new report from Alcohol Concern Cymru.




CQC consults on new inspection regime

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is holding a consultation on its planned changes to the way substance misuse services are regulated.



DDN takes a look at local news from across the country





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NPSPsychoactive challenge

New psychoactive substances don’t show up in mandatory prison drug tests and their use level in jails appears to be soaring, with worrying consequences. DDN reports.



SONY DSCAvoiding the airlock

Entering alcohol services can feel like a trap to the uninitiated. Mark Holmes looks at why technology may offer more people the support they need to make changes to their drinking.




JackieFight the power

Six months into her new job, Alcohol Concern chief executive Jackie Ballard talks to DDN’s David Gilliver about communication, information, and standing up to big business.



1Pump up the jam

With a general election that could shape the sector for the next five years and beyond now looming, DDN looks back on another dramatic year in the drugs field.

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Be part of the the debate with the latest letters and comment


‘It’s crucial that we challenge the media perception of veterans as “damaged goods”, and the claim that they’re more likely to fail in treatment does the community no favours whatsoever.’ – Phil Rogers, Veterans Aid, London



Media savvy

‘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


More Letters and Comment

Catch up on your favourite columnists

Secret commissionerSecret commissioner

Off the record – DDN brings you thoughts and advice from our insider. Read here.

Screen shot 2013-07-05 at 14.30.31Marcus Roberts – Policy scope

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.

Steve-Brinksman_w01WEBDr Steve Brinksman – Post-its from practice

Treatment complete? — Why are we failing so many people with hepatitis C, even those already in drug treatment, asks Dr Steve Brinksman. Read here.


Amar Lodhia – Enterprise corner

Mind the gap — Employability support should be an important part of tackling reoffending rates, says Amar Lodhia. Read here.

Alistair sinclair WEB. jpgAlistair Sinclair – Voices of recovery

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.


Kirstie Douse – Legal line 

Release solicitor Kirstie Douse answers your legal questions. This month: I was attacked – How can I get compensation? Read here.

JossJoss Gaynor – Family matters

Voices of strength – Adfam’s carol concert reminder. Read here.

DDN’s place to share knowledge and good practice

Brian Cowie

A safe place

Brian Cowie explains how a ‘designated place of safety’ is providing a safe haven in Aberdeen for individuals to sober up and find support.



Women In North Ayrshire

Women first

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 ddnexchange@cjwellings.com

Latest News

More than half of services see reduction in frontline staff

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...]

Children and alcohol

Children more familiar with ‘beer than biscuits’ Primary school children are more familiar with beer brands than leading makes of biscuits, … [Read More...]

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DDN Directories Map

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Residential Directory: The BLUE pins are for all of the residential service listings, you will also notice stars, these are advertisers that have taken an advanced listing with DDN magazine and will hold more information about their services when clicked.

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Henry Maybury – Lost Days

Henry Maybury wrote Lost Days for his brother Tom who sadly lost his life to alcohol addiction in 2013, and it became an internet sensation overnight.

When the song receives its official release, Henry will donate 100 per cent of the proceeds to the Lost Days Charitable Trust, which will allocate the funds to addiction and recovery charities.

To support Henry and for more information, visit: www.henrymaybury.com

Resource of the week

Community for Recovery

Community for Recovery is a national support network for anyone whose life is affected by solvent or volatile substance abuse – the misuse of gases, aerosols and solvents.


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