DDN Magazine

June15In this month’s issue of DDN…

‘It is worth spelling out that harm reduction reduces harm.’

In this month’s issue: Tracy Walker talks about reducing drug-related damage at music festivals, Philippe Bonnet discusses moving forward with naloxone distribution – and James Dickinson tells the story of Chandos House’s unofficial head of treatment.

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

Screen Shot 2015-06-08 at 14.22.14NPS to be subject to ‘landmark’ blanket ban

The government is to introduce a blanket ban on ‘legal highs’, as announced in last month’s Queen’s Speech.



OECD urges governments to get tough on alcohol

Governments need to introduce more effective policies to tackle harmful drinking, according to a new report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Harmful youth drinking falls, but inequalities persist

The rate of alcohol-related hospital admissions among the under-18s has fallen by more than 40 per cent over the last decade, according to new figures from Public Health England (PHE).

News in brief

A round-up of national news

Local news

A look at local news from across the country

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Screen Shot 2015-06-08 at 10.28.33The song remains the same

Music festivals may go hand in hand with drug culture, but we can be loud and clear on harm reduction, says Tracy Walker.




Philippe Bonnet

Fast forward on naloxone

Progress on naloxone distribution is still slow and inconsistent throughout the UK. DDN asked naloxone champion Philippe Bonnet for some tips on moving forward.



Jim McVeighA growing problem

Users of anabolic steroids are now the biggest client group in many needle and syringe programmes. David Gilliver talks to Jim McVeigh of Liverpool John Moores University’s Centre for Public Health about how services can meet their needs.



Screen Shot 2015-06-08 at 10.48.59Share your story

Storytelling through film can play an important role in recovery, says Lou Boyd.





Definitely, maybe…

David Finney tells you how to prepare for your CQC Inspection, ahead of the latest changes.




More Features

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


Alice Gambell

Get real

The government’s drug policies are not grounded in reality, says law student Alice Gambell.




Media savvy‘No one wants to ask if the mass incarceration policy of the last 20 years really works and why it is so costly,’ Denis MacShane, Guardian, 21 May




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.

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Marcus 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

A breath of fresh air — Why don’t we take smoking cessation seriously, 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, 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

ASWomen first

Annalice Sibley talks about how she set up an online support group to help women in recovery.





Natural remedy

Kate Furey talks about how she used long-forgotten skills to get her life back on track.




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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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