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Advocating for change

An inspiring session at DDN Conference heard representatives from user involvement and engagement programmes describe the power of effective partnerships. ‘We all need to make efforts...

Government expands ‘evidence-based’ drugs education

Public Health England (PHE) has announced a new three-year contract for Mentor UK to expand its ADEPIS education programme to more schools and community...

Life and death issues

Drug-related deaths dominated the DDN conference’s Big Debate session, which gave delegates the chance to put their views across.   ‘When people talk about drug-related deaths it’s about numbers...

Power of ten

The opening session of the tenth DDN service user conference, One Life, mixed stark reflections on drug-related deaths and budget cuts with powerful exhortations...

Durham police to offer heroin-assisted treatment

Durham Constabulary is planning to become the first police force in England to offer heroin-assisted treatment to problem drug users. Under the proposals, people whose...

Take alcohol ads off the streets, Scottish Government urged

Alcohol advertising should be removed from streets, parks and public transport, according to a new report from Alcohol Focus Scotland. The document also wants...

DDN welcomes your letters…

We'd love to hear your views – on topics raised in the magazine, or on any other subject related to your work in the...

‘One Life’ – the DDN National Service User Involvement Conference

Thank you to everyone who was part of the conference! Read the conference reports here Or watch highlights from the day below Thank you to all organisations...

Government unveils ‘landmark’ prison and courts bill

The government has published its prison and courts bill, which it says will pave the way for the ‘biggest overhaul of prisons in a...

Drop ‘politically motivated’ charges against drug war critic, Duterte told

Human Rights Watch (HRW) is calling on authorities in the Philippines to immediately drop ‘politically motivated’ charges against senator Leila de Lima, ‘one of...

Bookshelf: Sober Stick Figure

Sober Stick Figure By Amber Tozer Published by Blink Publishing ISBN: 9781910536636 £9.98 Review by Mark Reid. Amber Tozer’s stick figures brilliantly follow the...

A matter of conviction

Tony Margetts looks at whether prison reform is heading in the right direction. For all the wrong reasons prisons are in the news. Hardly a week...