In this month’s issue of DDN…
‘When someone is in need of help, there must be a full range of interventions available to them. It is up to the service user and the professional to decide between them on the best package.’
Read our round-up of what’s happening across the UK
DrugScope trustees have taken the decision to close the organisation, based on its ‘worsening financial situation’.
More than 50 cutting agents have been identified in cocaine, including some that can cause ‘serious medical harm’, according to a report from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD).
Evidence-based practices are the best means of preventing and treating drug misuse, said UNODC chief executive Yury Fedotov.
The government has initiated a range of measures as part of its stated aim to tackle new psychoactive substances (NPS).
DDN takes a look at local news from across the country
Don’t miss any of the latest magazine features
How can we refocus drug and alcohol services on competent compassion, asks Dr Joss Bray.
London Friend chief executive Monty Moncrieff talks to David Gilliver about the treatment needs of the LGBT community and the challenge posed by the ‘chemsex’ scene.
Rev Peter Lolley trained as a drugs counsellor with the prison service. As he nears his retirement he shares his experience as a works chaplain.
The management of alcohol as a consumer product, a health risk, and as part of our economy raises different challenges, to be tackled by a European conference. Andy Stonard explains.
A frontline drug worker, once a service user himself, warns against being taken in by the politicians’ promises.
Dear Albert’s Jon Roberts talks to DDN about film screenings, mutual aid facilitation, and their new, innovative recovery programme.
The Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust talk about the specialised, individualised support they offer.
Be part of the the debate with the latest letters and comment
‘I find myself preaching abstinence when I know how that makes me look and sound. ’– Aboudi Naboulsi
‘Isn’t it time for a wider discussion on the potential effects of safe, regulated cannabis consumption on society?’ – Paul Birch, Telegraph, 4 March
Efforts to stop drugs from being smuggled into prisons are failing – so why aren’t we tackling prisoners’ drug use through universal testing, argues Neil McKeganey
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
8 June 1959 – 16 June 2014
Friends and colleagues pay tribute.
26 July 1977 – 7 June 2014
Alliance colleagues and friends pay tribute.
DDN’s place to share knowledge and good practice
Wulf Livingstone talks to DDN about an innovative study that explores the relationship between substance use and sight loss.
Caroline Bridges shares how Loudmouth’s drama projects are educating young people about drug and alcohol issues.
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
April 13, 2015
DrugScope trustees have taken the decision to close the organisation, based on its ‘worsening financial situation’. Founded 15 years ago from a … [Read More...]
April 13, 2015
More than 50 cutting agents have been identified in cocaine, including some that can cause ‘serious medical harm’, according to a report from the … [Read More...]