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Matters of Life and Death

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Kevin Flemen confronts a topic we all need to talk about.

A Tangled Web: drug purchasing on the darknet

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

Charity warns of a surge of harmful illicit benzodiazepines

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A surge in illicit prescription drugs has been linked to a number of overdoses in the UK, warns We Are With You.

DDN July/August 2020

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‘Service users are central to everything’ Conversations at the moment often come back to feelings of anxiety and isolation, so we’re pleased to be able...

Long Hot Summer

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Summer weather and lack of other entertainment mean that young people are once again turning to outdoor partying on a large scale. Drug services...

The Benzo Trap

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Improving our understanding of benzodiazepines would save many lives, says Kevin Flemen. Non-medical use of benzodiazepines creates big challenges for treatment services. There need to...

More action needed to avert US-style fentanyl crisis, says ACMD

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Fentanyl and its analogues present a ‘significant ongoing risk’ to public health in the UK, according to an ACMD report, with more needing to...

On the right path

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With Alcohol Awareness Week this month, Claire Carlow tells us how Forward’s alcohol pathway is revolutionising treatment in East Kent When Forward took over the...

The power of naloxone

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As soon as Harbour Housing introduced naloxone a life was saved. A decade on they are looking back on one of their best decisions

Drug-related deaths highest since records began

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Registrations of deaths relating to poisoning (overdose) in England and Wales have once again broken previous records, according to figures from the Office for...

DDN Magazine July/August 2019

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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

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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

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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

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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

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‘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

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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

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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

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

A guide to fentanyl – Meet the fentanyls

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With a vast range of forms and potencies, the fentanyl family bring too many unknowns. Kevin Flemen gives an essential guide. Click here to read...

Wiltshire police issue Xanax warning

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Police in Wiltshire have issued a warning to parents following incidents in which around 20 young people in the Salisbury area have received medical...

Under pressure

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The celebrity craze for stress pills is even reaching schoolchildren – should we be concerned? Kevin Flemen looks at the risks and availability of...

DDN April 2017

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‘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...

Drink and Drugs News Consultancy Training Directory

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Welcome to the DDN consultants and training directory. This online list provides details of organisations and individuals providing services for the sector. We want to...

My, how you’ve changed!

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What has the past decade meant to you and your role? What have been the most significant changes to the sector? And what will...

Semantic challenge

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The language of new drugs can be unhelpful at best and risky at worst. Kevin Flemen offers a guide Our KFx training course Cats, Bees...

Review of the year 2013

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DDN looks back on a year that saw the drug treatment landscape transformed with the end of the NTA and the advent of Public...

Changing profile

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A survey of needle exchange clients revealed the need for staff to keep up with the times, as James Langton explains.  As a supplier of...

Psychoactive challenge

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Knowing enough about each novel psychoactive compound that emerges in time to help clients can feel like an impossible task. Kevin Flemen gives a...

DDN May 2013

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 The right support  From training to campaigning. How often do we worry about trying to keep up with every new danger drug to hit the headlines?...