‘We might be fed up of banging on about the same old thing – but many families haven’t heard it and it’s important that they do.’
In December’s issue, DDN reports from the second Families First conference, where delegates heard how there’s still a long way to go to convince commissioners to bring family support to the fore. Also in this issue, the review of year 2013 – the ups and downs of a changing landscape. Click on the links below to read more, and don’t forget to join the discussion by commenting, tweeting and liking our Facebook page.
Read our round-up of what’s happening across the UK
More people are injecting new psychoactive drugs, amphetamine-type substances and anabolic steroids, according to a report from Public Health England.
Marcus Roberts has been named as the new chief executive of DrugScope, taking over from Martin Barnes who steps down at the end of this month.
People who buy alcohol on behalf of underage drinkers should face penalties including community service, shop bans or ‘social shaming’, according to a report from think tank Demos.
Afghanistan’s opium poppy cultivation rose by 36 per cent this year, a record high, according to the UN, while opium production was up almost a half on the previous year, at 5,500 tons.
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DDN reports from Alcohol Concern’s annual conference, where delegates heard about the need to reframe debate on alcohol, and how the call for minimum pricing was not going away.
The second Adfam/DDN national conference for families and carers highlighted that, despite the progress in bringing family support to the fore, there’s still a long way to go to convince commissioners. Highlights from speakers and workshops can be found here.
Among the now-familiar talk of emerging challenges and stretched resources, delegates at DrugScope’s recent conference heard some positive takes on the new treatment landscape.
Social entrepreneur of the year Jacquie Johnston-Lynch talks to DDN about risk, determination and the new challenges facing the recovery movement.
DDN looks back on a year that saw the drug treatment landscape transformed with the end of the NTA and the advent of Public Health England, while austerity, alcohol and new psychoactive drugs continued to dominate debate.
Be part of the the debate with the latest letters and comment
‘The recovery agenda has been penned by a government that does not care about vulnerable and marginalised people and it is naive to think otherwise.’ — Jesse Fayle, DIP practitioner
‘Stigma is what society uses, in an ad-hoc manner, to control behaviour which is antisocial or harmful to an individual. ‘ — Rod Liddle, Spectator, 19 October
Alex Boyt tells DDN why he is having trouble climbing the steps of the recovery bus.
Why in the name of public health is naloxone distribution still a postcode lottery, asks Neil Hunt.
Catch up on your favourite columnists
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.
Every step — We have a duty of care – from the recovery position to the recovery journey, says Dr Steve Brinksman. Read here.
A tale of two entrepreneurs — Nola and Jackie are living proof that you can turn life’s adversities into business opportunities. Read here.
Seeing purple — Alistair Sinclair, Richard Maunders and Melody Treasure of the UKRF defend the recovery movement. 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
Mark Dempster shares his uncompromising story of drug dealing and addiction.
Marie Tolman explains how an incident in her childhood turned her world upside down and sent her down the path to addiction.
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David MacKintosh pays tribute to Mike Stewart.
DDN’s place to share knowledge and good practice
Kevin Westbury tells DDN about Jam Straight, a place where people in recovery can relax, socialise and enjoy some good music.
Doncaster Rovers Community Sports and Education Foundation describe how their new education programme is helping to boost confidence and wellbeing.
Julia Dixon-Large tells DDN about BADSUF’s innovative, volunteer-led charity shop.
Natasha Bray of the Wallich Community House Team shares how she delivered a successful naloxone training initiative.
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 email@example.com
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December 2, 2013
More people are injecting new psychoactive drugs, amphetamine-type substances and anabolic steroids, according to a report from Public Health … [Read More...]
December 2, 2013
Afghanistan’s opium poppy cultivation rose by 36 per cent this year, a record high, according to the UN, while opium production was up almost … [Read More...]