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Older drinkers account for majority of 7,000-plus deaths

Last year saw 7,327 ‘alcohol-specific’ deaths in the UK, according to the latest ONS figures, with the highest death rate in the 55-64 age...

Keeping older users in treatment

Playing for Keeps With Scotland experiencing ever-higher numbers of drug deaths, its government is developing a strategy to keep vulnerable older users in treatment. DDN...

Big rise in numbers seeking treatment for crack

There has been a 23 per cent increase in the number of people seeking treatment for crack cocaine, from 2,980 to 3,657, according to...

Commissioning: What’s the Name of the Game?

Has commissioning lost its way – or are there opportunities to be grasped? DDN reports. The commissioning structure needs an overhaul, according to the...

Drug misuse is a health issue

Taking part in a recent political debate, Andrew Horne noticed a keen appetite for policy change. At a political debate in Inverclyde, led by MP...

We welcome your letters

DDN welcomes your letters for publication. Please email the editor, claire@cjwellings.com, or post them to DDN at Romney House, School Road, Ashford, Kent TN27...

Alcohol Awareness Week

Family focus Alcohol Awareness Week 2017 shines a spotlight on alcohol and families, sending the message that support is always available. DDN reports. Alcohol Concern has partnered...

OST: When enough isn’t enough

Controlling cravings is an essential part of treatment, says Dr Steve Brinksman.   Sean and I go back a long way. He first started treatment 15 years ago...

Just Be Yourself: support in the LGBT+ community

Robert Mee grew up feeling that he didn’t belong and used alcohol and drugs to counter his loneliness. Now, as chief executive of a...

Nursing column: ‘And breathe…’

Take time for the all-important moments of therapeutic engagement, says Ishbel Straker. I was discussing with a close friend the other day her newly acquired...

Strategy for Survival

Challenging times mean smaller organisations must embrace new ways of thinking, says Caroline Cole. We operate in difficult financial times, and for charities delivering addiction...

‘Can we ask CQC for more time?’

Nicole Ridgwell of Ridouts answers your legal questions Our service is undergoing many changes after being recommissioned and we haven’t enough hours in the day....