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Stuck in the system

New treatment for hepatitis C has opened up massive opportunity for all-round health gains that we are just not taking, hears DDN. We need to...

Under pressure

The celebrity craze for stress pills is even reaching schoolchildren – should we be concerned? Kevin Flemen looks at the risks and availability of...

More choice, more options

It hasn’t always been the case, but opioid substitution therapy is now accepted as a key instrument in enabling recovery. Having got this far...

Hub Manager – Oxfordshire

At Turning Point, we support people across the UK with substance misuse issues. In fact, we've developed our own fully integrated Drug and Alcohol...

Set target to cut Scots alcohol consumption by 10 per cent,...

The Scottish Government should establish a target to reduce overall alcohol consumption by 10 per cent over the next decade, says a new report...

Springboard to success

RAPt’s apprenticeship programme is helping people to use their experience of addiction to get back into work, as Nathan Motherwell explains. Since 2013 RAPt have...

Creating a future

Prison can be an opportunity to change deep-rooted behav­iour and begin to flourish, say the team at Addaction tell DDN. ‘I have learnt that the crime...

Prison perspectives

A first-person account of nearly a decade at the frontline of prison substance misuse services. Last year I resigned from my position as a service...

England and Wales should introduce minimum pricing, say Lords

England and Wales should follow suit if minimum unit pricing is introduced in Scotland and proves ‘effective in cutting down excessive drinking’, says a...

Finding balance

In the therapy room at DDN Conference, Lois Skilleter and Sam Lofthouse gave delegates a taster of massage and Reiki. Lois explains the treatments. This...

All party group lobbies PHE for prescription drug helpline

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Prescribed Drug Dependence has set out its case for a national helpline for people struggling to withdraw...

Counter culture

As the friendly and regular face at the heart of community-based medicine, the pharmacist has an opportunity to profoundly influence welfare, as DDN reports. ‘If...