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A Tangled Web: drug purchasing on the darknet

The ‘darknet’ online marketplace has experienced significant turbulence lately, affecting the availability of different drugs. Be ready for the impact, says Kevin Flemen.

Drug-related deaths highest since records began

There were 4,359 deaths related to drug poisoning (overdose) in England and Wales in 2018, according to figures released today by The Office for National Statistics...

DDN Magazine July/August 2019

Facing the facts It's time to challenge stigmatising language on social media Back in 2010, the UK Drug Policy Commission analysed newspaper coverage and produced a...

Aggressive marketing and changing attitudes driving increased crack use

Aggressive marketing by dealers and a change in attitudes towards the drug were among the reasons for increasing levels of crack cocaine use in...

At the cutting edge

DDN looks back at a year that saw cuts continue to bite, deaths continue to rise, ‘county lines’ become headline news – and a...

Crack Cocaine – Cracks in the mirror

Could a recent growth in crack cocaine use indicate its move to social acceptability – and how should we respond? Kevin Flemen examines the...

DDN June 2018

‘There was no suggestion of being silenced’ We could be about to see a big upsurge in crack use – but are we ready for...

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...

July/August 2017

How long have we needed to hear that drug and alcohol problems are not the 'add-on'? Problematic substance use rarely travels alone. The body of...

Height of ecstasy

Summer brings the festivals – and a new young crowd experimenting with MDMA. Kevin Flemen gives the guide to staying safe ‘Who is Leah Betts?’...