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DDNmay10

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HARM REDUCTION ACTIVISTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD HAVE THEIR SAY Coming home: IHRA return to Liverpool for their 21st international conference ‘There is movement, but it’s way too slow and coverage is still very, very low – in most countries, not enough to have an impact on HIV or hepatitis C transmission.’ 10 May […]

DDN0405

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4 May 2009 www.drinkanddrugsnews.com GLOBAL HARM REDUCTIONGLOBAL HARM REDUCTION Your fortnightly magazine | jobs | news | views | research Your fortnightly magazine | jobs | news | views | research DDN reports from IHRA’s 20th international conferenceDDN reports from IHRA’s 20th international conference ‘Harm reduction is like ‘Harm reduction is like a sandcastle built […]

DDN0206

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GLOBAL SNAPSHOTGLOBAL SNAPSHOT Your fortnightly magazine | jobs | news | views | research Harm reduction – defusing a public health timebomb TALE OF TWO CITIESTALE OF TWO CITIES The fate of consumption rooms The fate of consumption rooms in Barcelona and Vancouverin Barcelona and Vancouver FROM LADY TO LADETTEFROM LADY TO LADETTE Why women […]

Safe from harm

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Last month saw the 23rd International Harm Reduction Conference take place in Lithuania. DDN reports on a gathering of activists, policy makers and service users from across the globe. More reports from the day can be found here. To read the full HRIC daily update magazines, please click here. Reclaiming harm reduction HRI executive director Rick Lines […]

DDN091006

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PUSHING FRONTIERS Gerry Stimson talks about IHRA’s work for harm reduction WORKING LIVES Rehan Tariq is a drug worker in Luton’s Asian Community Employment after recovery is still an elusive goal – where are we going wrong? THE ROAD TO WORK From FDAP in association with WIRED Your fortnightly magazine |jobs|news|views|research 9 October 2006 www.drinkanddrugs.net […]

DDN1606

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[…] REACH THEM YOUNGREACH THEM YOUNG Early interventions for Early interventions for law-breakinglaw-breaking teenagers teenagers BADGE OF PRIDEBADGE OF PRIDE AA uniquely Celtic uniquely Celtic approach approach to harm reductionto harm reduction REDEFINING RECOVERYREDEFINING RECOVERY Can Can a sa s tatementtatement change the change the culture of UK drug services?culture of UK drug services? CONFERENCE 2008 […]

DDN3march10

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[…] news | views | research GET WITH THE TIMES Refocusing services to make them relevant to the young COMING OF AGE 21 years of public health and harm reduction in Liverpool FEATURES 6 HAPPY FAMILIES?– COVER STORY Ways to strengthen and build family support at a time of economic and political uncertainty was the focus […]

DDN230407

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SAVING SMOKERS Replacing ‘quit or die’ with harm reduction RELEASE AT 40 Why we need the drugs users’ champion PRICE OF FREEDOM How addiction keeps us hooked ASIANS DON’T DO DRUGS Minority addiction and beating the stereotypes Your fortnightly magazine |jobs|news|views|research 23 April 2007 www.drinkanddrugs.net 23 April 2007 News Round-upNews Commission to tackle policy with […]

DDN070909

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[…] on the extent and prevention of overdose. The free resource is designed to round up the material which best summarises the evidence base and reasoning for specific harm reduction interventions. Available at www.ihra.net/Overdose Strong words Fewer Britons are drinking but those that are, are drinking stronger drinks according to research by Mintel. The amount of […]

DDN2807

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[…] demand for liver transplants at an all-time high, the NHS desperately needs the proactive involvement of substance misuse professionals. Ian Webzell explains why. 9 DIVERTING FROM CRIME Harm reduction in the criminal justice system needs a more structured approach, according to a recent conference in Warwick. DDN reports. 10 KETAMINE: JUST A HARMLESS PARTY DRUG? […]

DDN260307

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[…] powers out of hand? RELAPSE PREVENTION High-risk situations and sustained recovery THE BENZO DEBATE Why benzodiazepines have their place STREETWISE STATESIDE Saving lives with the pioneers of harm reduction in North America Your fortnightly magazine |jobs|news|views|research 26 March 2007 www.drinkanddrugs.net 26 March 2007 News Round-upAlcohol judged to be more harmful than ecstasy •Government must tackle […]

Constellations Online Festival of Harm Reduction

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Over nine days in November 2021 we celebrated the harm reduction movement across the themes of science, justice and pleasure. Constellations Online Festival of Drugs and Harm Reduction, hosted by Harm Reduction International, offered a new way to connect on the big issues with the big thinkers around the world, with 1,000 participants from more […]

DDN131204

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[…] if you want ser vices run by other charities to give up their Christmas, you have to pay for them. Alongside the essential counselling, needle exchange and harm reduction ser vices, Ghosh is always on the look out for anyone doing anything new and different. ‘I’m always intrigued by things like vir tual healing. Y […]

DDN 041223

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[…] if you want ser vices run by other charities to give up their Christmas, you have to pay for them. Alongside the essential counselling, needle exchange and harm reduction services, Ghosh is always on the look out for anyone doing anything new and different. ‘I’m always intrigued by things like vir tual healing. You can […]

DDN291104

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[…] impact that substance misuse can have on other members of the family and suggest options for coping 12 LettersResponses to Neil Mckeganey’s ar ticle on abstinence or harm reduction, published in our last issue. 7 Events 14 Editor: Claire Brown t: 020 7463 2164 e: claire@cjwellings.com Advertising Manager: Ian Ralph t: 020 7463 2081 e: […]

DDN 041129

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[…] impact that substance misuse can have on other members of the family and suggest options for coping 12 LettersResponses to Neil Mckeganey’s ar ticle on abstinence or harm reduction, published in our last issue. 7 Events 14 Editor: Claire Brown t: 020 7463 2164 e: claire@cjwellings.com Advertising Manager: Ian Ralph t: 020 7463 2081 e: […]

DDN 050530

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[…] instead of heroin, but he was also using skunk, cocaine, crack, LSD, ketamine, GHB and heroin regularly...’ www.drinkanddrugs.net 30 May 2005 | drinkanddrugsnews| 9 Letters | Comment Harm reduction: science and social movement I have no disagreement with Neil McKeganey’s views (letters,DDN,18 April) that harm reduction should address the needs of families and communities as […]

DDN 050530

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[…] instead of heroin, but he was also using skunk, cocaine, crack, LSD, ketamine, GHB and heroin regularly...’ www.drinkanddrugs.net 30 May 2005 | drinkanddrugsnews| 9 Letters | Comment Harm reduction: science and social movement I have no disagreement with Neil McKeganey’s views (letters,DDN,18 April) that harm reduction should address the needs of families and communities as […]

Harm Reduction International Conference

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This year’s Harm Reduction International Conference in Lithuania brought together delegates from across the globe to discuss the need to provide sufficient political and financial support for harm reduction.  More reports can be found here. To read the full HRIC daily update magazines, please click here.  The conference was an opportunity for different voices from […]

DDN0311

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[…] welfare reform proposals• A third of injectors suffer from abscesses • Government to widen school drugs education • NNEF launches consultation on foil • NTA compiles new harm reduction guide • Trafficking threatens regional security in West Africa • News in brief • Reports from the National Conference on injecting drug use 9 LETTERS AND […]

DDN061008

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[…] smoking cessation services and advising clients (as and when appropriate) of the potential health benefits of giving up smoking. Not a big ask. Indeed, some potentially effective harm reduction initiatives – as first steps – are really easy to do. A good example is action to encourage drug treatment clients who smoke hand rolled cigarettes […]

DDN_October_2023

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[…] October 2023 - Our cover story explores moral injury – which traces a clear path from combat-related experiences to escaping trauma through substances. Other articles cover: a whole school approach to young peoples’ services, Recovery Month activities, recovery protection, The founder of Recoverist Month, 20 years of Kaleidoscope's harm reduction in the community and much more..

DDN060327

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[…] of Health to emphasise that only one in 18 people get the treatment they need. The demonstration took place on the second anniversary of the government’s Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy to demand more support for the UK’s 8.2 million people with an alcohol problem. With alcohol misuse causing 22,000 deaths and costing around £18 billion […]

Agents of change

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[…] once more, argues Nick Wilson in his contribution to The Vision Project. Read the full article in DDN Magazine The UK’s well-deserved reputation for developing gold standard harm reduction services was the envy of many countries around the world. From modest beginnings in the 1980s and an extraordinarily passionate and committed harm reduction community, was […]

DDN120307

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[…] chief executive Sharon Carson tells DDN about plans for the future, now she’s settled into her new role. 8 Out of your head How do you communicate harm reduction to drug and alcohol clients with severe mental illness? Mark Holland and Michael Linnell decided to produce a series of guides – but, as they explain, […]

DDN1401

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[…] drinkanddrugsnews| 14 January 2008 An end to the use of the death penalty for drugs offences has been called for in a new report from the International Harm Reduction Association (IHRA). Half of the 64 countries that retain capital punishment impose the death penalty for drug- related offences, in many cases for possession as well […]

Responses to the new drug strategy

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[…] – here are some responses and we will add more as they come in. To add yours, please email the editor. Concerned at lack of focus on harm reduction Christopher Hicks of the National AIDS Trust, secretariat of the English Harm Reduction Group: ‘The new drug strategy simply does not support vulnerable people.’ The English Harm […]

Out of Harm’s Way

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Peter Furlong is Change Grow Live’s new national harm reduction lead. Here he talks about his career journey and the need to focus on saving lives. After working for Change Grow Live for more than 12 years in various roles I am now starting in the new role of national harm reduction lead, and I […]

DDN3006

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[…] that recovery should be aimed at becoming drug free could undo the UKDPC’s attempt to define recovery, says Professor Neil McKeganey. Readers’ viewpoints follow. 14 PASSING GO Harm reduction can have a positive impact by steering people out of the criminal justice system as long as the directions are clear, says Andy Stonard. 15 WHY […]

DDN151104

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[…] their families can’t wait for help From FDAP in association with WIRED Your NEW fortnightly magazine | jobs |news |views 15 November 2004 Treatment debate abstinence or harm reduction? D D r r i i n n k k a a n n d d D D r r u u g g s s […]

DDN Sept_2022

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[…] gambling company’s recorb fine 12 KEYTOSUCCESS Our careers series  opens with the recovery/keyworker 14 EVERY LITTLE HELPS Small changes  help facilitate trauma-informeb care 16 HEPATITIS C:Clear path to elimination 20 LIFE INRECOVERY Join the Recovery  Games!; Freb’s journey in verse 22 LANDMARK ARTCreativity can help  sustain recovery 25 WENEED TOTALK ABOUT... Harm rebuction Recovery through  arts, sports and the  environment 8 10 blaire Brown, editor Keep in touch at www.drinkanddrugsnews.com and @DDNmagazine bep C, countdown to elimination STAYING STRONG IN PARTNERSHIP ‘We wanted to create a  diverse workforce and  inclusive culture.’  Dean V, With You, in our  partner updates at  www.drinkanddrugsnews.com DDN is a self-funbeb inbepenbent publication. Our bespoke partnership packages provibe  an opportunity to work closely with thae magazine. Please get in touch to finb ouat more. […]

DDN_November_2023

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[…] in July. Still recovering from a decade of budget cuts to drug treatment and the unintended adverse impacts of the recovery agenda moving the focus away from harm reduction – and with drug-related deaths escalating every year since 2011 – treatment services were not ready for the severe overdose risk posed by nitazenes. Many of […]

DDNapril10

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TREATMENT INTERVENTIONS IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM ‘By doing good quality drug treatment and harm ‘By doing good quality drug treatment and harm reduction within the criminal justice system we reduction within the criminal justice system we can not only protect the human rights of drug can not only protect the human rights of drug […]

DDN0312

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[…] I can say that this, again, is not true. In a field where definitive proof of positiveimpacts is hard to find, there is evidence to suggest that harm reduction and treatment are effective in both saving lives and cutting crime. There is far less evidence that increasing the imprisonment of drug offenders (as has been […]

DDN080908

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[…] UN rapporteur criticises international policy A new report in which a former UN human rights monitor criticises inter- national drug policy has been published by the International Harm Reduction Agency (IHRA). Human rights, health and harm reduction: states’ amnesia and parallel universesis a transcript of the keynote address the then UN special rapporteur on the […]

DDN2303

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[…] calls for drug treatment to remain a priority for public investment. The report also wants to see promotion of choice in drug treatment, with support for both harm reduction and abstinence based approaches, more research into alternatives to substitute prescribing, more recognition – backed by appropriate financial support – for the role of families and […]

DDN2303

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[…] calls for drug treatment to remain a priority for public investment. The report also wants to see promotion of choice in drug treatment, with support for both harm reduction and abstinence based approaches, more research into alternatives to substitute prescribing, more recognition – backed by appropriate financial support – for the role of families and […]

DDN1805

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[…] prisons, therefore we don’t need to provide drug ser vices for prisoners.’ This was a quote heard by a UK government minister in the early 1990s, International Harm Reduction Association (IHRA) co-founder Professor Pat O’Hare told delegates at the first conference of the Connections Project in Krakow, Poland. Fortunately things had moved on from there, […]

Sharing the Love

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[…] ‘chill out’ leaflet from 30 years ago and recalled how HIT’s advice on taking ecstasy ‘caused a lot of fuss’. Times had changed but the challenges around harm reduction were no less significant. Coming together as a community was so important, said chair Niamh Eastwood of Release, because ‘it provides us with resilience’. Colleen Daniels, […]

DDN060605

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[…] countries were used to weigh up the possibilities of introducing facilities in the UK. The group concluded that they offered a ‘rational and overdue extension to the harm reduction policy’ and a ‘unique and promising way to work with the most problematic users’ to reduce overdose, improve health and lessen the toll on society. The […]

DDN050711

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[…] said – ‘but it mustn’t be seen as tokenist’. Benefits to clients were what were important, ‘however we get there’, and this meant keeping dogfights (eg on harm reduction) out of treatment. The government should not be afraid to look at safe injecting rooms and experience from abroad – it was about what worked, he […]

DDN011208

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[…] 2081 FEATURES 6 DON’T LOOK BACK IN ANGER– COVER STORY We’ve seen tussles with a new drug strategy, punitive benefit proposals, ineffectual alcohol regulation, fresh fighting on harm reduction v abstinence... DDN reflects on a combative year. 10 KNOWLEDGE IS KEY Tackling alcohol-related offending may be a government priority – but how do we do […]

DDN2march10

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[…] such as the advantages and disadvantages of assisted injecting rooms. Who should attend? •Those working in or with needle exchange units •Drug advice workers •Those working in harm reduction initiatives •GPs As the conference will deal with an important and relevant issue in today’s society, it would be of interest to anyone working in or […]

DDN050711

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[…] 9 Letters | Comment Re: ‘Harm Reduction is not a ticket to recovery’ Am I missing something here or does Roy Fisher simply not understand what harm reduction is( DDN letters, 27 June). He thinks DDN supports a harm minimisation model as a form of ‘recover y’ which I take from his letter he doesn’t agreewith. Although  DDNhas recently featured an ar ticle on a rehash of anold 12-step faith based programme, ‘recover y’ is not a term I have ever heard used in the harm reduction field, nor have I ever heard anybody claim it is a form of recover y.  Harm reduction is about reducing drug related harm (the name is a bit of a giveaway). He then goes on to state the ‘bleeding obvious’ that users find it hard to control their drug use and says ‘I cannot subscribe to the theory that people given time and amethadone prescription wille ventually sor t themselves and the real danger here is that many service users die in thecontemplation mode’. Let me make it simple for you Roy, methadone does sor t some people out. Tr y getting out andmeeting some people who are alive because of methadone or maybee ven reading some research. Second, it is not passing through a stage of Prochaska and DiClemente’stheoretical model that kills people – it is overdoses and blood borne viruses. Harm reduction’s primary purpose is to reduce deaths caused by  these and other factors.  Harm […]

DDN1806

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[…] Published by In partnership with News |Round-up www.drinkanddrugs.net 4| drinkanddrugsnews| 18 June 2007 Young drinkers are among the target groups of the government’s next-steps strategy on alcohol harm reduction. In the document Safe, sensible and social, under-age drinkers and binge-drinkers aged 18- to 24-years-old are two of the three main groups named as causing significant […]

DDN21sept09

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[…] news A new set of guidelines to promote the ‘constructive, accurate and responsible’ reporting of opioid dependence, Addicted to news, is to be launched by the International Harm Reduction Association (IHRA) and partner organisa- tions next month. ‘It is essential that we help journalists to better understand the issues around opioid dependence, strike a balance […]

DDNfeb10

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[…] PUBLIC HEALTH IN SCOTLAND ‘ If we don’t develop ‘ If we don’t develop our drug interventions our drug interventions within a framework within a framework of harm reduction... of harm reduction... people will die.people will die. ’’ INJECTING IN PUBLIC Antisocial and chaotic or a response to poor services? 1 February 2010 www.drinkanddrugsnews.com HIGH […]

DDN2010

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[…] AFFAIR Getting families involved in their loved one’s treatment Energy, self-esteem and public awareness in east LondonEnergy, self-esteem and public awareness in east London COLOURS OF RECOVERY Harm reduction, hippies, and humanisation BETTER TOGETHER The 2nd Greater Manchester Service User Conference VOICES FOR CHOICES V O I C E S 29 January 2009 Holiday Inn, […]

Pole to pole

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Is harm reduction the primary goal, or acceptable only in the service of eliminating drug use? Mike Ashton examines two very different sets of beliefs Drugs are an evil, and with evil you can’t give way or compromise.’ For Pope Francis, harm reduction in the form of prescribing substitute drugs is just such a compromise: […]

DDN050905

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[…] concerns about the gap in tailored ser vices it’s good to hear of the joint-working between GPs and crack users to create a dialogue and work towards harm reduction – a valuable demonstration of surpassing good intentions on user involvement. These are the initiatives that get results and transmit a ver ypositive message to hard […]

DDN120207

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[…] The ser vice was developed by looking at guidance in several recent documents, including the Alcohol Needs Assessment Research Project (ANARP), Standards for Better Health, the Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy for England and the SIGN repor t, The management of harmful drinking and alcohol dependence in primar y care. Models of care for alcohol misusers […]

DDN16nov09

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[…] in the UK – Jacqui Johnston Lynch Coffee break: 11.35 – 11.50am Presentations: 11.50 – 1.00pm Regional service user led presentations:  Iain Cameron (NI) – Introducing harm reduction in an hostile environment  Peter Jones, Avow (Wales) – Volunteer mentoring  Supporting clients back to work (Scotland) (tbc)  Specific involvement for alcohol service […]

DDN1003

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GO STRAIGHT TO JAIL Your fortnightly magazine | jobs | news | views | research The drug strategy: public health or criminal justice? HOLIDAY IN CAMBODIA Harm reduction on the streets of Phnom Penh UP TO THE JOB? Is the drug and alcohol workforce fi t for purpose? STREETS OF SHAME Drug taboos in Britain’s […]

DDN2210

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[…] at once,’ he said. Better delivery of drugs education targeting PIED use was essential, he stressed, as the available literature was sparse and much of it jargon-heavy. Harm reduction interventions on the streets were also vital, as were referrals to primary care and continuous monitoring of data. ‘There’s no middle ground with steroid use, so […]

DDN April2021

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Drink and Drugs News April 2021 ISSN 17bb-6236 EVERYONE IN UNMISSABLE OPPORTUNITIES FOR LIFE-SAVING HARM REDUCTION IN IT TOGETHER Working with couples HEP C ELIMINATION The last miles will be the ahardest Turning P oint Smithfield  In-P atient Deto x Has Covid pushed you  over the line?   If you are in need of a break  and help with your alcohol  use, we can look after you.  We  off er 7-day stays at our  Smithfield Deto x service in  Manchester . All our  services in the local area  are integr ated, including  Rehab Residential Stay  and Supported Living, so  […]

DDN050725

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[…] of children of their clients, and working with other agencies to prevent the potential harm to children of problem parental drug use.’ Ka ty Swaine, head of legal services at R elease, explained the law and process behind housing and benefits applications, and how the GP’s role fits in with that process. ‘P r oblems such as debt, inadequate income and poor housing or homelessness create added pressure f or those coping with drug dependency. It can be very difficult fordrug users to access the type of professional help that can be required to address these legal issues. Providingaccessible legal assistance with these fundamental issues can therefore beke y to harm reduction.   The Release legal team has successfully provided legal outreach services within drug projects in Londonf or over 15 years.  We are currently under contract with three London drug agencies to provide free legal advice and assistance to their clients. The service is provided by our qualified lawyers, through weekly drop-in sessions and follow-up work back in the Release office. Clients are also ableto access us by telephone or email.  The service is intended to cover situations where clients cannot obtainlegally aided advice and assistance, and to make it easier for them to access such assistance by providing regularf ace-to-face contact with our advisors within a convenient, familiar setting.   Many of the enquiries we receive r elate to problems with incapacity benefits and housing. Information from GPs and other health and social […]

DDN050725

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[…] the type of professional help that can be required to address these legal issues. Providing accessible legal assistance with these fundamental issues can therefore be key to harm reduction. The Release legal team has successfully provided legal outreach services within drug projects in London for over 15 years. We are currently under contract with three […]

DDN0103

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[…] activism www.drinkanddrugsnews.com LISTEN TO THE EXPERTS ‘If people take drugs, let them do it safely,’ said Theo van Dam, whose mission is to convince politicians to embrace harm reduction Drug user activismwas a way of making sure that political decision makers listened to the experts, Theo van Dam of Dutch ser vice user activist group […]

Lines of communication

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[…] Lines has been making the case for a human rights-based approach to vulnerable populations for more than two decades. He talks to David Gilliver about getting the harm reduction message across ‘Harm reduction is consistently having to re-fight battles that we’ve won in the past,’ says Harm Reduction International (HRI) executive director Rick Lines. ‘Because […]

DDN2nov09

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[…] are many others just like me who want to get alongside all kinds of people to help, so for God’s sake use us. Bri Edwards Conflict resolution Harm reduction versus abstinence – O'Hare, Best, McCartney and Kingdon (DDN, 5 October, page 8 and 19 October, page 10). Surely it's not either/or but both. In any […]