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Industrial strength: Where next for alcohol policy?

The 2012 alcohol strategy (DDN, April 2012, page 4) had set the policy direction that local areas were still following, head of public services...

A round-up of national news: November 2016

OPIUM UP Afghan opium production has soared by 43 per cent compared to 2015 levels, according to UNODC’s latest Afghanistan opium survey. The increase –...

Leeds launches ‘Like My Limit’ alcohol campaign

Forward Leeds is among local services launching initiatives for Alcohol Awareness Week, 14-20 November. Their Like My Limit campaign aims to reach 17,000 dependent...

Mental health is in crisis – time to act

Mental health is in crisis – more so for people from minority groups. How do we reach them before they drown? DDN reports from...

New alcohol medication Selincro is steeped in controversy

New alcohol medication Selincro has had a controversial route to market, as Mike Ashton explains. In 2013 Danish pharmaceutical company Lundbeck was authorised by the...

Legal eye: ‘Can we challenge negative online reviews?’

Joanna Sharr of Ridouts answers your legal questions. Our residential rehab has a good reputation but is the target of a negative online campaign by...

Scottish courts uphold minimum pricing plans

A legal challenge from the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) and others against the Scottish Government’s plans to introduce minimum unit pricing for alcohol has...

Glasgow considers case for UK’s first consumption room

Glasgow could become the site of the UK’s first consumption room, after the Glasgow City Joint Integration Board officially approved the development of a...

Recovering from hepatitis C: Steps to empowerment through peer support

There are more than 200,000 people in the UK living with hepatitis C, but only half of these are diagnosed and as few as...

Media Savvy: the news, and the skews, in the national media

The media’s treatment of the troubled families programme, whose evaluation has recently been made public, cannot have cheered David Cameron in his last week...

Letters and Comment from DDN’s November Issue

DDN welcomes your letters. Please email the editor, claire@cjwellings.com, or post to DDN, CJ Wellings Ltd, 57 High Street, Ashford, Kent TN24 8SG. Letters...

We need to act on DRDs: Parliamentary Group

The evidence on rising drug deaths points to the need for a public health model, according to speakers at the Drugs, Alcohol and Justice...