There was plenty of expectation around UNGASS – with a lot at stake and real hope of reform (page 6). What actually took place makes you question the value of such processes, watered down by the need for consensus. What is the point, if there’s no movement on abolishing the death penalty and little progress on harm reduction?
Reactions have ranged from cautiously optimistic to uninspired, disappointed to enraged – particularly around the content of the session’s ‘outcome document’. It may not have delivered any major shifts, but the mood remains cautiously optimistic.
Read about what some key players thought of the UNGASS – they point to the momentum gathering outside the UN, beyond the political arena and the drugs sector and reaching into public consciousness and debate, particularly when that debate focuses on such issues as pain control.
Read our round-up of what’s happening across the UK
The world needs global drug policies that ‘put people first’, UNODC executive director Yury Fedotov told the UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs in New York
The government has announced sweeping reforms of the prison system as part of the Queen’s Speech, including the establishment of six autonomous ‘reform prisons’.
E-cigarettes are much safer than smoking, do not result in the normalisation of smoking and do not act as a gateway to smoking, says a report from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP).
The world needs global drug policies that ‘put people first’, UNODC executive director Yury Fedotov told the opening session of the UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs.
There are ‘no signs of a slowdown’ in the development and discovery of new psychoactive substances (NPS), according to the EMCDDA’s latest report on the continent’s drug markets.
Nearly 60 per cent of residential treatment services have reported a decrease in funding to the Recovery Partnership’s latest State of the sector report, along with nearly 40 per cent of community services.
Drugs should be decriminalised across the globe as existing policies are directly contributing to ‘many of today’s most urgent public health crises’, according to a commission of medical experts.
A report setting out what a regulated cannabis market in the UK could look like has been published by the Liberal Democrats.
More than 70 per cent of directors of public health say that drug and alcohol services in their area are likely to be reduced in the coming financial year, according to a survey by their membership body, the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH).
Health staff at a large Nottinghamshire prison risk being ‘overwhelmed’ by the demands of treating people seriously affected by use of new psychoactive substances (NPS), according to a report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons.
More than 70 per cent of directors of public health say that drug and alcohol services in their area are likely to be reduced in 2016-17, according to a survey by their membership body, the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH).
Men should drink no more than 14 units of alcohol per week, according to strict new guidelines from the chief medical officer. The previous recommendation was 14 units for women and 21 for men.
The Government of Ireland is considering the introduction of drug consumption rooms, as well as decriminalising small amounts of drugs for personal use.
The government’s controversial public health responsibility deal for alcohol has pursued initiatives ‘known to have limited efficacy’ while obstructing more meaningful action, according to a damning report from the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS).
More children than previously thought are dying or being hospitalised after ingesting opioid substitution therapy (OST) medications, according to a new report from Adfam.
The quality of treatment for heroin users is being threatened by diminishing funds and ‘disruptive re-procurement processes’, according to a new report from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD)
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The countdown to the Psychoactive Substances Act has been marked by controversy. Kit Caless shares debate from Addaction’s recent conference
Thirty years after Michael Linnell’s first graphic harm reduction campaigns burst onto the scene he recalls the outrage – and the results – that spurred him on
Offering support to families affected by addiction means acknowledging the ups and downs of a close bond, says John Taylor
The day’s opening session heard a range of passionate presentations on the theme of getting your message across
The morning’s second session, chaired by Peter Hunter, allowed audience members to put their concerns to some of the sector’s key players
State of the Nation: One of the day’s lunchtime sessions heard delegates debate the current state of English drug policy
‘Don’t let anyone tell you that you don’t have valuable skills,’ Big Issue founder John Bird told delegates in the day’s powerful final session
Here members of the Nottingham team tell us about a system they believe is working well. We’re relying on you to let us know what’s happening in your area
Delegates enjoyed demonstrations on complimentary therapies and healthy eating
Jason and Elizabeth met at a DDN conference and brought little Oscar to meet us at this year’s event
Research consultant, Arun Sondhi, from the Centre for Public Innovation (CPI), talks to DDN about the findings of his latest research into take-home naloxone in prisons.
There’s still time too book your place for the 9th annual DDN conference, 25th February 2016, Birmingham.
A major new report sheds light on the alcohol habits of the over-50s. Are they risking drinking themselves into an early grave?
Harry Shapiro has launched a new drug information service with his former DrugScope colleague, Jackie Buckle. He tells us more
Education and training are often discarded when substance use takes over. Richard Johnson describes how ANA’s new programme is helping clients to reconnect
Kit Caless examines some of the issues behind the rush to outlaw new psychoactive substances (NPS)
Helping families through the guilt and anger of losing a loved one can be gruelling for practitioners. Esther Harries looks at how to be prepared
Stigma, misunderstanding and a lack of communication cloud our policy and practice on drugs, said speakers at HIT Hot Topics.
There wasn’t very much to celebrate in 2015, a year that saw both England and Scotland record their highest ever number of drug-related fatalities, while a surprise outright Conservative election win heralded yet more belt-tightening and austerity…
Unlike in England, drug deaths in Wales have been falling since 2010 – a result that can be traced to Welsh public health policy and harm reduction practice, say Josie Smith and Chris Emmerson
In a climate of austerity the new drug strategy must grow from our successes, says Paul Hayes on behalf of Collective Voice
Are we doing enough to protect children from their parents’ drug and alcohol use? At a recent safeguarding conference there was plenty of cause for concern
How can we tackle child safeguarding without risking disengagement? DDN hears a cautionary perspective from public health nurses.
Forcing stable people off their heroin scripts and into chaos is evidence of a British drug treatment system in terminal decline, says Erin O’Mara
Phoenix Future’s new report Building recovery friendly communities makes the case for specialist recovery housing as a pathway to long-term recovery. Karen Biggs tells DDN why this is an opportunity not to be missed
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The work can be demanding and draining – so why do it? Keith Stevenson shares the highs and lows of working at the Mulberry Community Project
New government funding of £10m has just been awarded to drug and alcohol services ‘committed towards improving recovery outcomes’ across England – capital funding that was distributed by PHE via local authorities.
The launch of Collective Voice saw the group emphasising their commitment to service users.
Losing her daughter to an accidental overdose made Anne-Marie Cockburn determined to campaign for the realistic drugs education that could have saved Martha. She spoke powerfully to a recent meeting of the Drugs, Alcohol and Justice Parliamentary Group
‘ I came to a DDN conference and thought, “I could do that”,’ Red Rose Recovery CEO Peter Yarwood told the conference’s closing session. ‘So I took that inspiration back to Lancashire and found people who believed in me.’
Chris Rintoul reports positive results from a Northern Ireland naloxone programme
A craving is the salesperson we can choose to ignore, says Chris Robin
The pressure to collect data from new clients should not replace essential rapport, says Shahroo Izadi
Literacy issues can be a barrier to participant engagement and successful outcomes in substance misuse treatment programmes. Richard Homer explores the reasons why
As Spitalfields Crypt Trust (SCT) celebrates 50 years of helping people in recovery, CEO Graham Marshall looks back at the changing landscape of addiction and recovery in East London
‘The ‘raging bull’ cover (March issue and Colin Miller-Hoare’s letter, April, page 12) was exactly what was needed to express the current state of the sector’ – Kevin Jaffray, Futuremoves peer advocacy and training
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When do specialist drug and alcohol services play a part in the wider public health agenda, asks Marcus Roberts.
We’re seeing the unwelcome return of the ‘postcode lottery’, says Dr Steve Brinksman
Employability support should be an important part of tackling reoffending rates, says Amar Lodhia. Read here
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