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More choice, more options

It hasn’t always been the case, but opioid substitution therapy is now accepted as a key instrument in enabling recovery. Having got this far...

Set target to cut Scots alcohol consumption by 10 per cent,...

The Scottish Government should establish a target to reduce overall alcohol consumption by 10 per cent over the next decade, says a new report...

Springboard to success

RAPt’s apprenticeship programme is helping people to use their experience of addiction to get back into work, as Nathan Motherwell explains. Since 2013 RAPt have...

Creating a future

Prison can be an opportunity to change deep-rooted behav­iour and begin to flourish, say the team at Addaction tell DDN. ‘I have learnt that the crime...

Prison perspectives

A first-person account of nearly a decade at the frontline of prison substance misuse services. Last year I resigned from my position as a service...

England and Wales should introduce minimum pricing, say Lords

England and Wales should follow suit if minimum unit pricing is introduced in Scotland and proves ‘effective in cutting down excessive drinking’, says a...

Finding balance

In the therapy room at DDN Conference, Lois Skilleter and Sam Lofthouse gave delegates a taster of massage and Reiki. Lois explains the treatments. This...

All party group lobbies PHE for prescription drug helpline

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Prescribed Drug Dependence has set out its case for a national helpline for people struggling to withdraw...

Counter culture

As the friendly and regular face at the heart of community-based medicine, the pharmacist has an opportunity to profoundly influence welfare, as DDN reports. ‘If...

Expressions of interest for an Integrated Health Service for Young People...

Southwark Council is seeking to invite competitive tenders for the provision of an Integrated Health Service for Young People (focusing primarily on Sexual Health...

Finding the pieces

There are many varied components to recovery as Dr Gordon Morse reflects. John and Louise met under a railway arch in London; they shared an old...

PHE launches online NPS monitoring tool

A new national system to monitor the effects of NPS has been launched by Public Health England (PHE) and the Medicines and Healthcare products...