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Thirty years after his graphic harm reduction campaigns burst onto the scene, Michael Linnell’s work still has the capacity to shock. Is it the graphic drawings? Is it the confrontation of difficult and taboo subject matter? Or is it the fact that he refused to be deterred in creating campaigns for ‘the most marginalised and stigmatised’ in society? How many of us would have given up at the threat of prosecution, the press attacks, the repeated obstruction?

Read about the results that spurred him on – such as the wider provision of injecting equipment at needle exchanges – and ask whether ‘crossing the line’ can sometimes be worth the controversy when it takes away a barrier to public health.

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‘Put people first,’ Fedotov tells UNGASS

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.

 

 

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‘No slowdown’ in new psychoactive substances, says EMCDDA

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.

 

 

VivEvansServices continue to feel cuts pain  

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.

 

 

Screen shot 2016-03-31 at 10.08.31Decriminalisation would mean global gains, say medics

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.

 

 

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Lib Dems make legal cannabis case

A report setting out what a regulated cannabis market in the UK could look like has been published by the Liberal Democrats.

 

 

PubliIzzi Seccombec health directors voice cuts concerns

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).

 

 

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Prison staff overwhelmed by NPS crisis

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.

 

 

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Public health directors voice cuts concerns

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).

 

 

Dame Sally DaviesCMO toughens alcohol guidelines

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.

 

 

Aodhán Ó RíordáinIreland considers consumptions rooms and decriminalisation for personal use

The Government of Ireland is considering the introduction of drug consumption rooms, as well as decriminalising small amounts of drugs for personal use.

 

 

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Laughable’ alcohol responsibility deal has worsened nation’s health, says charity

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).

 

 

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Medications in drug treatment: tackling the risks to children.

More children than previously thought are dying or being hospitalised after ingesting opioid substitution therapy (OST) medications, according to a new report from Adfam.


 

 

Annette Dale PereraTreatment threatened by constant re-procurement, warns ACMD

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)

 

 

News in brief

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Painful inheritance  NACOA’s annual lecture 2016

NACOA’s (the National Association for Children of Alcoholics) annual lecture at the House of Commons set out an action plan to give the issue the public profile it deserves. DDN reports

 

 

hepcPromotional Feature: Hepatitis C: New hope, old problems

People with hepatitis C in the UK have a greater chance of being cured now than at any other point in the history of the disease.

 

 

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Different wavelengths

The countdown to the Psychoactive Substances Act has been marked by controversy. Kit Caless shares debate from Addaction’s recent conference

 

 

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A smack in the eye — Michael Linnell’s graphic harm reduction campaigns

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

 

 

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Emotional rollercoaster

Offering support to families affected by addiction means acknowledging the ups and downs of a close bond, says John Taylor

 

 

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Picture this

The day’s opening session heard a range of passionate presentations on the theme of getting your message across

 

 

Giving voice logoGiving Voice

The morning’s second session, chaired by Peter Hunter, allowed audience members to put their concerns to some of the sector’s key players

 

 

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Get the Picture

State of the Nation: One of the day’s lunchtime sessions heard delegates debate the current state of English drug policy

 

 

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‘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

 

 

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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

 

 

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Delegates enjoyed demonstrations on complimentary therapies and healthy eating

 

 

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Meet Oscar, the DDN baby!

Jason and Elizabeth met at a DDN conference and brought little Oscar to meet us at this year’s event

Naloxone in prisonsTake-home naloxone in prisons

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.

 

 

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From little acorns…

There’s still time too book your place for the 9th annual DDN conference, 25th February 2016, Birmingham.

 

 

Julie BreslinGeneration Drink

A major new report sheds light on the alcohol habits of the over-50s. Are they risking drinking themselves into an early grave?

 

 

Drugwise DuoWords for the wise

Harry Shapiro has launched a new drug information service with his former DrugScope colleague, Jackie Buckle. He tells us more

 

 

Richard Johnson

Learning for life

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

Tough measures

 Kit Caless examines some of the issues behind the rush to outlaw new psycho­active substances (NPS)

 

 

BuEsther Harriesrden of grief

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

 

 

Alex StevensHIT Hot Topics

Stigma, misunder­standing and a lack of communication cloud our policy and practice on drugs, said speakers at HIT Hot Topics.

 

 

DarkDark days days

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…

 

Josie Smith and Chris EmmersonBucking the trend

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

 

 

Paul Hayes

Leaner and keener

In a climate of austerity the new drug strategy must grow from our successes, says Paul Hayes on behalf of Collective Voice

 

 

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Playing safe

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

 

 

Public Health NursesTread softly

How can we tackle child safeguarding without risking disengagement? DDN hears a cautionary perspective from public health nurses.

 

 

Erin O'Mara

The state we’re in

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

 

 

Karen BiggsNo place like home

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

 

 

More Features

Be part of the the debate with the latest letters and comment

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View from the coalface

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

 

 

paul urmstonRecovery Capital

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.

 

 

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Voice on the stairwell

The launch of Collective Voice saw the group emphasising their commitment to service users.

 

 

Anne MarieGet real

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

 

red roseRed Rose Recovery

‘ 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

Reach out 

Chris Rintoul reports positive results from a Northern Ireland naloxone programme

 

 

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A craving is the salesperson we can choose to ignore, says Chris Robin

 

 

Shahroo Izadi

First impressions

The pressure to collect data from new clients should not replace essential rapport, says Shahroo Izadi

 

 

Richard Homer

The writing’s on the wall

Literacy issues can be a barrier to participant engagement and successful outcomes in substance misuse treatment programmes. Richard Homer explores the reasons why

 

 

Graham Marshall

The times they are a changin’

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

 

 

Letters

‘A lack of reward and recognition offered to service users, little acknowledgement of those pursuing ‘recovery’ journeys not based on abstinence, and services only looking at treated completions are the main reasons why I personally have stopped getting involved in user involvement’ – Peter Simonson, Camden, London

 

 

Media savvy

Media savvy

The news, and the skews, in the national media…

 

 

 

 

More Letters and Comment

Catch up on your favourite columnists

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Russell Webster – Behind the stats

Russell Webster looks at the inventive business of getting drugs into prison

 

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We need easy access to material that will challenge us, says our new columnist George Allan


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Chris Ford – Our foreign correspondent

Why should fear of drugs like heroin leave 80 per cent of the world’s population suffering unspeakable pain, asks Dr Chris Ford

 

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Secret commissioner

 DDN brings you thoughts and advice from our insider. Read here.

 

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Marcus Roberts – Policy scope

When do specialist drug and alcohol services play a part in the wider public health agenda, asks Marcus Roberts.

 

Steve-Brinksman_w01WEBDr Steve Brinksman – Post-its from practice

We’re seeing the un­welcome return of the ‘postcode lottery’, says Dr Steve Brinksman

 

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Amar Lodhia – Enterprise corner

Employability support should be an important part of tackling reoffending rates, says Amar Lodhia. Read here

 

Alistair sinclair WEB. jpgAlistair Sinclair – Voices of recovery
‘The volume of activity and appetite for change during September’s ‘recovery month’ speaks volumes, says Alistair Sinclair. Read here.

 

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Kirstie Douse – Legal line 

Release solicitor Kirstie Douse answers your legal questions. Read here.

 

JossJoss Gaynor – Family matters

Adfam’s carol concert reminder. Read here.

Personal stories and news from the DDN community

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Obituary – Judy Bury

Chris Ford says goodbye to a passionate and inspirational colleague

 

 

 

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A dog’s life

James Dickinson shares the story of Bert, the unofficial head of treatment at Chandos House.

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2015-06-08 at 15.30.17The ultimate challenge

John Lowes takes us with him on a very personal journey.

 

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Nicky GoulderTake 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 ddnexchange@cjwellings.com

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‘No slowdown’ in new psychoactive substances, says EMCDDA

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