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!
Read our round-up of what’s happening across the UK
People found smuggling or using new psychoactive substances (NPS) in prison will face a new range of punitive measures, the government has announced.
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.
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.
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
Don’t miss any of the latest magazine features
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
‘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.
Treatment complete? — Why are we failing so many people with hepatitis C, even those already in drug treatment, 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 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
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