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Media language enabling discrimination, says Global Commission

Negative portrayals in the media and politics are reinforcing the perception that drug use is ‘immoral’ and people who use drugs are a threat...

Naloxone provision ‘chronically inadequate’, says Release

Levels of naloxone provision by local authorities are ‘chronically inadequate’ and ‘certainly not sufficient to prevent opioid deaths to any meaningful extent’, according to...

Sustained budget cuts having severe impact on treatment system

The treatment sector’s ability to absorb funding cuts through efficiency savings and service redesign has been ‘exhausted’, according to the latest State of the...

Harm reduction on a knife edge

Disinvestment in harm reduction is hurting services and failing clients, say those struggling to maintain life-saving provision. DDN reports. ‘A couple of weeks ago I...

Contract for a buckinghamshire children and young people substance misuse...

Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC) is redesigning the children and young people substance misuse support system in Buckinghamshire.  The new service will be a combined...

Investigate Duterte for ‘crimes against humanity’, says Amnesty

The International Criminal Court (ICC) must ‘urgently’ open an investigation into crimes against humanity committed during Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’, says...

Focus on Residential Treatment Centres: Acorn Recovery Projects

Acorn Recovery offers innovative recovery services that enable individuals and their families to break free from drug, alcohol and other addictions. They'll help service...

Commissioning is risking lives, say GPs

Poor commissioning practice is putting patients’ lives at stake, declared the GPs’ conference. ‘Only recommission services if they are ineffective, dangerous or wasteful – not...

Review of the year

Hanging on in there Another year of tightened purse strings and record drug deaths for a weary and beleaguered sector, compounded by the shock closure...

Hit Hot Topics: The word on the streets

The Word on the Streets This year’s Hit Hot Topics asked, how can we give harm reduction most impact on the frontline? DDN reports, pics...

There’s something in the heroin

Claire Gilbert, Tony Margetts, Gilda Nunez, Bryony Sedgwick and Tim Allison describe their response to the emergence of fentanyl and carfentanil in their local...

CQC: Forewarned is forearmed!

The CQC’s new briefing is essential reading for the sector, says Nicole Ridgwell On 29 November 2017, CQC published ‘Substance misuse services: The quality and safety of residential...