‘All or nothing’ – are 12-steps right for everyone?

The 12-step fellowships are a life-saver for some – but for others, the concept of total surrender can do more harm than good. Alex...

DDN April 2017

‘We need to understand the risks of Xanax and the culture behind it’ It’s never easy to weigh up the level of drug risk based...

DDN July/August 2018

‘Partnerships have brought a culture change’ Tackling stigma is always a challenge, so we were interested to hear of Double Impact’s strategy to connect with...

Vital Links

The group of NHS providers, NHSSMPA, is looking at new ways to make sure service users stay connected with essential skilled healthcare. ‘Nostalgia isn’t what...

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...

By hook or by crook

We’re not reaching people with problematic cannabis use says Lizzie McCulloch, whose report Black sheep offers a new approach to policy and treatment. Cannabis is...

Knowledge exchange

Drug-related deaths: NHS Trusts from across England came together to mark a vital new initiative in tackling drug-related deaths, as Danny Hames reports. For a number...

Market forces

Drug-related deaths: A strong message from Addaction’s Mortality Matters conference was that treatment services need to put competition to one side and challenge the conditions...

DDN November 2017

‘It’s unsurprising that staff are feeling demotivated’ A commissioner said to me this week, ‘We need to know what the evidence is, see good practice,...

On a mission to cure hep C

Curing hepatitis C has become a reality and makes sense for the public purse as well as public health. So let’s get on with...