‘Be prepared to lose funding, friends, professional achievements and respect… but history will judge you favourably because you are right,’ said Carl Hart at the HIT Hot Topics conference. Throughout this issue we see that there’s a stronger need than ever for a truthful narrative on drugs and alcohol.
Can we bring level judgement and honest appraisal to working practice that directly affects our clients? Read on, and and don’t forget to join the discussion by commenting, tweeting and liking our Facebook page. We want to hear from you!
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)
A round-up of national news
A look at local news from across the country
Don’t miss any of the latest magazine features
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
The Worm, a new service user-led magazine recently launched in Haringey, is tackling stigma and promoting a positive image of people in recovery
Be part of the the debate with the latest letters and comment
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
‘A version of ‘recovery’ (there are many) and ABCD is being promoted and used by some recovery capitalists for private gain, presumably in line with their neo-liberal values.’ – Alistair Sinclair
The news, and the skews, in the national media…
Catch up on your favourite columnists
Why should fear of drugs like heroin leave 80 per cent of the world’s population suffering unspeakable pain, asks Dr Chris Ford
DDN brings you thoughts and advice from our insider. Read here.
When do specialist drug and alcohol services play a part in the wider public health agenda, asks Marcus Roberts.
Sometimes the drug or alcohol problem isn’t obvious, says Dr Steve Brinksman. Read here.
Employability support should be an important part of tackling reoffending rates, says Amar Lodhia. Read here
Release solicitor Kirstie Douse answers your legal questions. Read here.
Adfam’s carol concert reminder. Read here.
Personal stories and news from the DDN community
Chris Ford says goodbye to a passionate and inspirational colleague
James Dickinson shares the story of Bert, the unofficial head of treatment at Chandos House.
John Lowes takes us with him on a very personal journey.
DDN’s place to share knowledge and good practice
Take a bow
Nicky Goulder talks about how an acting workshop is supporting vulnerable women in east London
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
Changing the record
February 5, 2016
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February 3, 2016
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