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Scots widen availability of naloxone

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The Scottish Government has widened the availability of naloxone as part of a package of support for people affected by drug use during 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

Naloxone overdose reversal medication

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Naloxone is a medication used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Known as an ‘opioid antagonist’, it counteracts the depression of the central...

Five things we did to help more people carry naloxone

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Five things we did to help more people carry naloxone. Putting naloxone at the forefront of everything we do has saved lives

Five charts that show why people leaving prison need naloxone

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People leaving prison are far more likely to die of a drug related cause. We know the overdose reversal drug naloxone saves lives, we...

Local authorities failing to provide sufficient naloxone

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The amounts of naloxone being provided by local councils and prisons are ‘extremely limited’, warns a new report from Release. While all but three...

Naloxone provision ‘chronically inadequate’, says Release

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Levels of naloxone provision by local authorities are ‘chronically inadequate’ and ‘certainly not sufficient to prevent opioid deaths to any meaningful extent’, according to...

Naloxone news

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Martindale Pharma is notifying people in receipt of Prenoxad Injection kits, as well as those involved in their supply, of a temporary change in...

Nine out of ten councils now provide take-home naloxone

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Take-home naloxone has been made available by 90 per cent of English local authorities, according to a report from the Local Government Association (LGA)....

Naloxone outreach – Reaching out

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Now that naloxone is officially ‘out there’, CGL are among those searching for the people most in need of it. DDN reports on their...

Be prepared! Train with naloxone

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Train your staff to empower service users with life-saving naloxone, says David Swain In the 1838 report to the House of Commons on causes of...

Take-home naloxone in prisons

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Research consultant, Arun Sondhi, from the Centre for Public Innovation (CPI), talks to DDN about the findings of his latest research into take-home naloxone...

Legislation to allow naloxone to be more widely available

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Ready for action Naloxone is to be made more readily available next month. Public Health England’s Steve Taylor looks at how local services and commissioners...

The Naloxone Action Group

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Keep nagging on naloxone, says the naloxone action Group DDN listened to a lively lunchtime meeting of The Naloxone Action Group (NAG) at the RCGP...

DDN – Naloxone Toolkit

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Let's get naloxone out there!   DDN wants to create a naloxone toolkit to help people get naloxone distributed and used in their local area. The proposed draft contents...

Naloxone distribution

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Fast forward on naloxone distribution Progress on naloxone distribution is still slow and inconsistent throughout the UK. DDN asked naloxone champion Philippe Bonnet for some...

Naloxone advocacy

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Let's get it out there The day saw repeated calls for life-saving, and cost-effective, naloxone to be made more widely available.  ‘The case for take-home naloxone...

Enough Excuses

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Simply blaming an ageing cohort or pre-devolution economic policies for Scotland’s shameful levels of drug-related deaths won’t cut it anymore, say Barry Sheridan and...

Another record high for England and Wales drug deaths

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There were 4,393 deaths related to drug poisoning registered in England and Wales last year, according to the latest figures from the Office for...

Opening the Doors

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The efforts to get homeless people into emergency accommodation must not be wasted, as DDN reports. Homelessness has been long been regarded as complex, difficult,...

The Mother of Invention

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It’s now almost six months since lockdown revolutionised the way services operate. But could this have actually led to an increase in service user...

A Sure Start

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One of the key tasks of the national recovery champion role is to bring people together within the addictions field to tackle a common...

Aiming High

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Even in the most difficult circumstances recovery is always possible, says Jody Leach.

Urgent action needed to address lockdown ‘time bomb’, warns Adfam

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People coping with a loved one’s drug use, drinking or gambling have been hard hit by the COVID-19 lockdown, according to a new survey...

Would you like to learn how to save a life?

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Peer distribution of naloxone is the best way to get the opioid overdose reversal drug where it’s needed.

Weathering the storm

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While COVID-19 is wreaking havoc on the vulnerable, the economy and society as a whole, it is also generating - by necessity - some...

A new normal

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Within days of lockdown being announced, Lancashire’s recovery communities had transformed their way of life on a grand scale, as Chris Lee explains. We are...

DDN Diary Dates

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  Information, updates, and links to events, conferences and services.   Be social, spread the word!   Learning Links to conferences, training providers, podcasts and other resources. Please click here to...

Coronavirus guidance issued for providers and commissioners

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New guidance for commissioners and treatment providers during the COVID-19 outbreak has been issued by Public Health England (PHE) and the Department for Health...

Pharmacists allowed to dispense methadone without prescription

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Pharmacists are to be allowed to give out methadone, buprenorphine and other medicines containing controlled substances such as opioids or barbiturates without a prescription...

Shared perspectives

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Having had to postpone his trip to the DDN conference, Bill Nelles reflects on the differences in drug policy between the UK and his...

Matters of Life and Death

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

Looking after people on Medication Assisted Treatment during the Coronavirus pandemic

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Mark Moody, Change Grow Live CEO explains the decisions they have taken in relation to Medication Assisted Treatment during the coronavirus outbreak.

Categorise people dependent on drugs as high-risk population, government urged

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People who are dependent on drugs – including alcohol – should be categorised as a high-risk population for COVID-19, says a submission from Release and...

Heroin Assisted Treatment – A helping hand

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Heroin Assisted Treatment (HAT) is showing dramatic progress in transforming lives. DDN reports. ‘Life was shit. I would rob Peter to pay Paul. I’d cry...

A change of heart

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  When a ‘general in the war of drugs’ calls the campaign a complete failure, it’s time to listen. DDN reports from the GPs’ conference. ‘For...

A crucial conversation

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Change Grow Live’s National Naloxone Conversation event was a vital opportunity to keep up the momentum for widening access.

DDN 2020 Programme

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DDN Conference 2020 – 'It’s Not a Rehearsal!' Registration: 9.00am – 10am 10-10.15am Welcome to the conference and a commitment to tackle stigma with the help of...

National forum for action

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Delegates at the National Needle Exchange Forum’s annual conference heard inspiring examples of taking harm reduction to the next level. James Pierce reports.  More than...

Emergency measures

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Although Wales has largely escaped significant treatment budget cuts, drug deaths are still rising to alarming levels. Access, and evidence-based treatment, are key to...

No time to lose

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The ‘substantial upward trend’ in drug-related deaths was explored at the latest meeting of the Drugs, Alcohol and Justice Cross-Party Parliamentary Group, as DDN...

Different perspectives

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We need to dig deep for inspiration and redouble our efforts against reactionary policies, heard this year’s HIT Hot Topics. DDN reports. Photography by...

Review of the year 2019

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Cash strapped Christmas Battered by Brexit, the public went to the polls yet again. In the treatment sector, meanwhile, more long-established facilities are forced to...

What a long strange trip it’s been

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When DDN launched way back in 2004 Tony Blair was prime minister, the NTA was just three years old, and the money was flowing...

Redressing the Balance: How to Reduce Drug-Related Deaths.

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By improving optimised OST and access to harm reduction, along with the upscaling of Naloxone provision, we can have an impact on drug related deaths.

Agents of change

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We urgently need to become activists once more, argues Nick Wilson in his contribution to The Vision Project. Read the full article in DDN Magazine The...

Case dismissed

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Why are recommendations to improve custody-community transitions being routinely ignored when so many lives are at stake? DDN reports. As drug-related death rates continue to...

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...

Scotland’s drug death toll at record high

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Scotland has yet again recorded its highest ever number of drug-related fatalities, with 1,187 registered in 2018. The number, which was described as ‘shocking’ by...

Why I run a support group for LGBT+ youth

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Why I run a support group for LGBT+ youth. This peer to peer support is really important. Many young people attend for the first time because they feel isolated.

Don’t release prisoners on a Friday, urges ACMD

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The UK’s prison services should take steps to avoid releasing prisoners with complex needs on Friday afternoons, says a new report from the Advisory...

Rising tide

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The ‘tough on drugs’ approach is impractical, outdated and costly in every sense, according to a meeting of the APPG for Drug Policy Reform. Considering...

Becoming visible: homelessness

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Homelessness may be a complex issue but we know how to make a difference, heard delegates at a conference that brought together academics and...

DDN Conference 2019 Programme

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Keep on Moving, the DDN service user involvement conference - Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham, Thursday 21 February 2019 9-10am, Registration 10-11.15, Food for thought 10-10.10 - Welcome from the...

Harm reduction worldwide has ‘stalled’, warns HRI

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The number of countries providing harm reduction initiatives has stalled in the last two years, according to Harm Reduction International’s (HRI) Global state of...

Final destination?

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‘The road to recovery – political destination or patient journey?’ was the theme of this year’s RCGP and SMMGP primary care conference. DDN reports. ‘None...

Beyond the gate

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Prisons have a unique opportunity to introduce a life-saving naloxone strategy, so is the message getting through? DDN reports. Naloxone saves lives, and for people...

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...

State of the sector: Time to talk

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When the going gets tough, is it time to get round the table, asks DDN. Read the full article in October's DDN Magazine A couple of...

Height of awareness: peer-to-peer overdose prevention

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Peer-to-peer naloxone initiatives are proving an effective way to tackle overdose risk. Lee Collingham describes how SCUF are grasping the opportunity in Nottingham. Read the...

DDN September 2018

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‘The call for support on gambling has to be heard’ You’re in the casino chasing the big win. Everything you ever wanted could be yours....

New campaign calls for national focus on preventing drug-related deaths

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A new initiative launched at the Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF)’s annual conference is calling for a national focus on preventing drug deaths, and reinforces the...

Record drug deaths for England and Wales

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England and Wales have once again recorded their highest ever number of drug-related deaths, according to the latest figures from the Office for National...

High risk strategy

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Failure to provide naloxone at the point of release for most prisoners is putting lives at risk, says John Jolly. Read this article in DDN Those...

DDN July/August 2018

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‘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...

Scotland records highest ever drug deaths  

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Scotland has yet again recorded its highest ever number of drug-related deaths, at 934. The 2017 figure is 8 per cent up on the...

Bang for your buck

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The launch of the ‘Decency, safety, security’ strategy for prisons was greeted with mixed reactions by the Drugs, Alcohol, and Justice Cross-Party Parliamentary Group....

Straight to the point – NNEF conference

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The National Needle Exchange Forum focused on some vital harm reduction issues, as DDN reports. Photography by Nigel Brunsdon. Read the full article in May...

DDN May 2018

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‘It’s a mismatch between prison and complex needs’ We need a new dialogue and thinking, says police and crime commissioner David Jamieson, talking about his recommendations...

PCCs lead the call for change

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It used to be that senior police, like politicians, would only speak out on drug policy from the safety of retire­ment. These days, however,...

Harm reduction in Belfast

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Belfast’s injecting drugs crisis has prompted a call for action – to bring a drug consumption room to the city as quickly as possible....

Trump calls for death penalty for drug dealers

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US president Donald Trump has said that his Department of Justice intends to seek the death penalty against drug traffickers ‘where appropriate under current...

West Midlands PCC proposes consumption rooms and prescribed heroin

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A range of proposed harm reduction measures to cut drug-related crime and deaths, and reduce costs to public services, has been set out by...

‘Get Connected’ – The DDN conference programme

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Thank you to everyone who made the conference a success. Watch this space for photos, video and our special conference issue of DDN!   Here's what...

DDN Conference – Session three

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The day’s final session, ‘Insights’, heard personal stories about naloxone, the lack of support for problem gambling, and properly engaging with your past to...

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...

Hit Hot Topics: The word on the streets

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The Word on the Streets This year’s Hit Hot Topics asked, how can we give harm reduction most impact on the frontline? DDN reports, pics...

There’s something in the heroin

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Claire Gilbert, Tony Margetts, Gilda Nunez, Bryony Sedgwick and Tim Allison describe their response to the emergence of fentanyl and carfentanil in their local...

DDN December 2017

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'Disinvestment in harm reduction is deeply damaging' As 2017 draws to a close we look back at a year of diminishing budgets and record drug-related deaths....

DDN September 2017

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‘As we celebrate recovery, let’s credit harm reduction’ As we enter ‘recovery month’ there’s no better time to reinforce harm reduction – the route...

US administration to use ‘all appropriate authority’ in response to opioid crisis

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The US president, Donald Trump, has instructed his administration to use ‘all appropriate emergency and other authorities’ to respond to the country’s opioid crisis....

Responses to the new drug strategy

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A new drug strategy was released by the Home Office on 14 July – here are some responses and we will add more as...

Highest number of drug deaths in quarter of a century

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Last year saw 3,744 drug poisoning deaths in England and Wales, according to the latest ONS figures – 2 per cent higher than the...

Recovery focus for updated ‘Orange Book’

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The government has published the updated version of its Drug misuse and dependence: UK guidelines on clinical management, usually referred to as the Orange...

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...

Vital connections

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Most drug-related deaths are of people not in treatment. DDN visits Equinox outreach team in Brighton to hear how they engage with a growing...

Market forces

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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...

Knowledge exchange

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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...

Who cares?

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Drug-related deaths: Like so many others, Darren’s death was preventable, says Dr Chris Ford. I still cry when I think of Darren months after his death. He...

Overdose deaths up across Europe

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The total number of drug overdose deaths in Europe has risen for the third consecutive year, according to EMCDDA’s European drug report 2017. There...

Stay ahead of CQC

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Pleased with your CQC inspection or bruised by the experience? David Finney gives you the key issues. The first phase of inspections of substance misuse...

On borrowed time

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The delayed drug strategy – and lack of plan for an alcohol strategy – is pulling the lifeline from a sector in crisis, hears...

National Crime Agency issues fentanyl warning

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The National Crime Agency (NCA) has taken the ‘unusual step’ of warning drug users to be vigilant following the detection of powerful synthetic opioid...

Reflection of hope

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With their roots in harm reduction services, Kaleidoscope Project provide both community and residential drug and alcohol treatment. Their new 20-bed detoxification unit in...

Counter culture

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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...

Life and death issues

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Drug-related deaths dominated the DDN conference’s Big Debate session, which gave delegates the chance to put their views across.   ‘When people talk about drug-related deaths it’s about numbers...

DDN March 2017

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‘One of the strongest messages was a simple one: isolation kills’  We had to make drug-related deaths the focus of this year’s conference. The room...

Power of ten

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The opening session of the tenth DDN service user conference, One Life, mixed stark reflections on drug-related deaths and budget cuts with powerful exhortations...

‘One Life’ – the DDN National Service User Involvement Conference

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Thank you to everyone who was part of the conference! Read the conference reports here Or watch highlights from the day below [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puZ0ZAdZyDM] Thank you to all...

Winning attitude

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Being recognised through a national award made Catherine Larkin and Danny Hames realise the value of Inclusion’s eager adoption of a naloxone strategy. Last November...

Safe Corner

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What would persuade a city to accept a drug consumption room? Natalie Davies examines the argument. Glasgow could become the site of the UK’s first...

Making choice real

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How can we improve the range of options available to bring more people into services, asks DDN. The options that exist for drug treatment surely...

DDN February 2017

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Welcome to our latest issue! ‘The situation requires a real shake-up in the way we engage’ ‘We begin to categorise and stigmatise without even realising it,’ said...

One Life Programme

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Supported by: Conference programme Thursday 23 February, Birmingham, The New Bingley Hall 9.00am - 10.00am - Registration Come early and join us for tea, coffee and refreshments before...

ACMD: safeguarding treatment vital to avoid more deaths

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Maintaining the ‘capacity and quality’ of treatment is essential to prevent more increases in opioid-related deaths, says a new report from the ACMD. The...

A name not a number: ‘Behind every drug-related death statistic is a life that...

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Behind every drug-related death statistic is a life that could have been saved. It’s our duty to do more, says Dr Judith Yates. I first...

A participant’s view: Highlights from the GPs’ conference

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Lee Collingham shares his highlights from the GPs’ conference on managing drug and alcohol problems Dr Stephen Willott, clinical lead for alcohol and drug misuse...

Letters and Comment from DDN’s December issue

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DDN welcomes your Letters   Please email the editor, claire@cjwellings.com, or post them to DDN, CJ Wellings Ltd, 57 High Street, Ashford, Kent TN24 8SG....

Letters and Comment from DDN’s November Issue

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DDN welcomes your letters. Please email the editor, claire@cjwellings.com, or post to DDN, CJ Wellings Ltd, 57 High Street, Ashford, Kent TN24 8SG. Letters...

We need to act on DRDs: Parliamentary Group

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The evidence on rising drug deaths points to the need for a public health model, according to speakers at the Drugs, Alcohol and Justice...

Round-up of National News, October

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QUITTING TIME The smoking rate in England has fallen to its lowest ever level, at below 17 per cent, according to figures from PHE. Last...

Choose life – Recovery Month and Overdose Awareness

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The stakes have never been higher. This year’s Recovery Month and Overdose Awareness Day activities brought service users and recovery communities together with one...

Tell us how you’ll mark International Overdose Awareness Day

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Today is International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD), a global event held annually to both raise awareness and reduce the stigma that still surrounds drug-related deaths....

National News July/August 2016

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INTERVENTIONS UP There were nearly 100,000 alcohol brief interventions carried out in Scotland in 2015-16, according to official figures – 59 per cent more than...

Safe Space

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Wales is gearing up to offer medically supervised injecting centres – an initiative that can’t happen soon enough, says Ifor Glyn  There is a growing...

Local news

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Anti-overdose scheme sees success More than 500 people have been trained to administer naloxone by Addaction’s Recovery Partnership, preventing heroin overdoses in Coventry and Warwickshire. ‘Naloxone...

False economies

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Is the focus on recovery undermining a highly skilled workforce? As Neil McKeganey said in 2010 (in Controversies in Drugs Policy and Practice), if you...

Get the Picture

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State of the Nation: One of the day’s lunchtime sessions heard delegates debate the current state of English drug policy ‘The subtitle of this session...

Picture This

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The day’s opening session heard a range of passionate presentations on the theme of getting your message across ‘I didn’t know how long I’d had hep...

From little acorns…

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There’s still time to book... https://www.drinkanddrugsnews.com/conference ‘Don’t get mad, get organised’ said Si Parry from Morph at the first DDN national service user involvement conference in...

Reach out

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Chris Rintoul reports positive results from a Northern Ireland naloxone programme The Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF) watered the seeds of take-home naloxone and it allowed...

News in brief

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Bill blasted An early day motion on the Psychoactive Substances Bill has been tabled by Paul Flynn MP. ‘This House regrets the depth of scientific...

Dark days review of the year 2015

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There wasn’t very much to celebrate in 2015, a year that saw both England and Scotland record their highest ever number of drug-related fatalities,...

Safeguarding conference 2015 – playing safe

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Are we doing enough to protect children from their parents’ drug and alcohol use? At a recent safeguarding conference there was plenty of cause...

Bucking the trend

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Unlike in England, drug deaths in Wales have been falling since 2010 – a result that can be traced to Welsh public health...

UK drug policy reform

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Off track? Drug treatment is being derailed by the sector’s refusal to push for reform, says Ian Sherwood The distressing reality of drug dependence alters little...

Comment from the substance misuse sector

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Letters and comment DDN welcomes your Letters Please email the editor, claire@cjwellings.com, or post them to DDN, CJ Wellings Ltd, 57 High Street, Ashford, Kent TN24...

Harm reduction at the NNEF meeting

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On the front line Matt Johnstone brings harm reduction news from the annual NNEF meeting  The National Needle Exchange Forum (NNEF) held its annual meeting in...

Local news from the substance misuse field

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Cornwall service users celebrate life skills Service users in Cornwall have successfully completed a new accredited course, ‘life skills in action’. The course, designed by Cornwall...

European Network of People who Use Drugs

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Hands across Europe It’s an exciting time for activism and advocacy among people who use drugs, says Mags Maher For the first time in years, Europe...

Diverted methadone

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Kill or cure? Is it time for us to reappraise our relationship with the ‘life-saving’ drug methadone? Dave Marteau discusses the evidence Since the early 1970s,...

Comment from the substance misuse sector

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Letters and comment  DDN welcomes your Letters Please email the editor, claire@cjwellings.com, or post them to DDN, CJ Wellings Ltd, 57 High Street, Ashford, Kent...

DDN June 2015

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In this month’s issue of DDN… 'It is worth spelling out that harm reduction reduces harm.' In this month's issue: Tracy Walker talks about reducing drug-related...

From our foreign correspondent

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In her first international column Chris Ford looks at Ireland’s lack of naloxone provision Noticing a number from abroad, I answered my phone. Before I...

News in brief

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Cocaine cutting agents More than 50 different cutting agents have been identified in cocaine, including some that can cause ‘serious medical harm’, according to an...

Comment from the drug and alcohol field

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The DDN letters and comments page, where you can have your say about the drug and alcohol sector. To be included in the next magazine,...

Service user involvement

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Keep it real! The exhibition area was a vibrant bustle of networking all day as service user groups shared information on their activities. What did...

Never a dull moment

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With a general election that could shape the sector for the next five years and beyond now looming, DDN looks back on another dramatic...

What price life?

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The failure to roll out naloxone distribution in England prompted a multidisciplinary group to meet in London to campaign for change. DDN reports Last year...

News in brief

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Opium increase Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan rose by 7 per cent to more than 220,000 hectares in 2013, according to UNODC figures, with opium...

The Challenge: getting it right for everybody

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The 8th DDN national service user involvement conference  DDN would like to say a big thank you to everyone who supported The Challenge: getting it...

The Challenge: getting it right for everybody

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The 8th DDN national service user involvement conference 19 February 2015 – Second City Suite, Birmingham We’re under no illusions that service user involvement is meeting its toughest...

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...

Letters

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We welcome your letters... Please email them to the editor, claire@cjwellings.com or post them to 57 High Street, Ashford, Kent, TN23 3NH. Letters may be edited for space...

Sharp rise in Scottish drug-related hospital admissions

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The rate of drug-related hospital stays in Scotland has increased from 41 per 100,000 population to 124 per 100,000 since 1996/97, according to new...

News in brief

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UNDERCOVER SCANDAL An undercover ‘mystery shopper’ investigation carried out by Crisis revealed that homeless people seeking help from local authorities are being turned away to...

England and Wales see sharp rise in drug deaths

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Nearly, 2,000 drug misuse deaths were registered in England and Wales in 2013, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Male drug...

Countries apart?

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Are the rates of drug-related deaths north and south of the border really going in different directions?  All eyes were on Scotland last month in...

New research on non-fatal overdoses

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A group of academics from the University of South Wales has published research on the prevalence of non-fatal overdoses among drug users in Wales Professor...

Turning the tables

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People with drug and alcohol problems can be used to a cycle of punishment and low self-esteem. Kaleidoscope used a recovery awards event to reverse...

England and Wales see sharp rise in drug deaths

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Nearly, 2,000 drug misuse deaths were registered in England and Wales in 2013, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).  Male...

Scots drug-related deaths down from record highs

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The number of drug-related deaths in Scotland fell by 9 per cent last year, according to figures from the Scottish Government, with deaths among...

Scots drug deaths fall

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The number of drug-related deaths in Scotland fell by 9 per cent last year, according to figures from the Scottish Government, with deaths among...

Primary position

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‘I do believe that the best care for people who use drugs and alcohol is in their own GP surgeries where possible,’ says Dr Judith...

Mind Over Matter

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Mat Southwell opened the 2014 Kaleidoscope Conference by linking harm reduction to mindfulness: ‘I find injecting ketamine helps me with mindfulness.’ The challenge he gave delegates...

Through the gate

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Sue Reynolds, the clinical lead of sub­stance misuse at HMP Littlehey, tells DDN about joining the growing number of prisons to introduce a life-saving...

Danish lessons

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Denmark’s initiatives to tackle drug-related deaths could give valuable pointers to reshaping drug policy in the UK, says Blaine Stothard As part of his programme of international...

Experts by experience – full referenced version

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The Staying Safe study is a hepatitis C prevention project with a difference. Instead of focusing on risk practices and transmission events, such as...

Getting it in perspective

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Delegates at the afternoon’s opening session heard a range of personal viewpoints from six very different speakers ‘My perspective is based on 49 years living...

Letters

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The DDN letters page, where you can have your say. To be included in the next issue, please send letters and comments to claire@cjwellings.com. Committed to naloxone Regarding Neil...

Make It Happen! programme

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What’s on the programme 9.00am-10.00am: Registration and refreshments 10.00am-11.15am: Opening session. Welcome – Neil Hunt sets the scene with a call for direct action. Members of DISC’s peer-led...

Letters January 2014

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The DDN letters page, where you can have your say. The next issue of DDN will be out on 10 February — make sure you...

Open market

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How easy is it to have any drug you want delivered to your door with no questions asked? This and other issues raised at...

Matter of life and death

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Why in the name of public health is naloxone distribution still a postcode lottery, asks Neil Hunt. I live in Kent, one of 16 sites...

Every step

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We have a duty of care – from the recovery position to the recovery journey, says Dr Steve Brinksman. If you have read this column...

News in brief

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HIV action A new three-year HIV prevention programme has been backed by the leaders of all 33 London boroughs, with more than £3m allocated to...

Families First 2013

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The speakers and workshops at Families First 2013 gave delegates an opportunity to hear personal stories, network and exchange vital expertise. Supporting role Kate McKenzie speaks...

Consuming passion

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Philippe Bonnet, founder of the Independent Consortium on Drug Consumption Rooms, says he won’t rest until there’s a room established for Birmingham’s 10,000 problem drug users. He talks to DDN. When the Independent Drugs Commission...

Healthy exchange

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DDN reports from the 2013 NNEF annual meeting in Bournemouth, which has become a keenly anticipated fixture for information and ideas.  Keeping harm reduction at the heart of...

Families First Conference 2013 programme

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Adfam / DDN Conference 2013 Families First – our second annual conference championing the needs of families affected by drugs and alcohol 09:30am – 10:30am: Registration,...

Life-saving knowledge

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 Launching our DDN good practice exchange, Natasha Bray of the Wallich Community House Team shares how she delivered a successful naloxone training initiative. The Wallich...

Adfam / DDN Conference 2013 – Families First Programme

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Adfam / DDN Conference 2013 Families First 10:30am – Viv Evans– Intro – setting the scene 10:45am – Anna Soubry – Government perspective on Families role in...

Scots record second-highest number of drug deaths

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Scotland recorded its second-highest number of drug deaths in 2012, although the number of deaths in under-25s was down by a fifth, according to...

Green zone

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Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion Caroline Lucas explains why she wants the government to acknowledge that ‘current policy is flawed.' ‘As an MP for...

Homepage Features Tab

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Don’t miss any of the latest magazine features Going Public The UK’s public health bodies have added their voices to the call for decriminalisation.     Cry For Help Painkiller...

Homepage Letters and Comment Tab

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Be part of the the debate with the latest letters and comment What next for prison reform? At a VolteFace event in London, journalist Philippa Budgen...

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...

Brighton considers ‘consumption rooms’

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The provision of drug consumption rooms is being considered by Brighton and Hove’s Safe in the City partnership and health and wellbeing board.  The proposal...

News in brief

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Policy shift The Obama administration has published its 2013 national drug control strategy, which includes a commitment to reform the country’s criminal justice system through...

Brighton to consider ‘consumption rooms’

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The provision of drug consumption rooms will be considered in a meeting of Brighton and Hove’s Safe in the City partnership board at the...

4th May issue

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Life and death Harm reduction at international level goes beyond choice One slightly built young woman trembled on the platform at the International Harm Reduction Conference. She...

Heroin deaths continue to fall

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The number of deaths related to heroin and morphine fell from 41 per cent of total drug-related deaths in 2010 to 32 per cent...

Come Together

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This year’s exhibition area was a thriving hub of activity, with a colourful array of stands from service user groups and services. The Shenanigans...

Heroin deaths continue to fall

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The number of deaths related to heroin and morphine fell from 41 per cent of total drug-related deaths in 2010 to 32 per cent...

Your letters

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We welcome your letters… Please email them to claire@cjwellings.com or post them to The Editor, DDN Magazine, CJ Wellings Ltd, 57 High Street, Ashford TN24 8SG. Letters...

The last word

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 As the UKDPC wraps up its work, Roger Howard looks back on six years of helping drug policy become ‘fitter for purpose’ and considers...

Letters and comment

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We welcome your letters... Please email them to claire@cjwellings.com or post them to The Editor, DDN Magazine, CJ Wellings Ltd, 57 High Street, Ashford TN24...

The road less travelled

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Methadone’s dominance over Suboxone in substitute prescribing may have more to do with cost than effectiveness. It could be time for a reassessment, say...

Scots record highest ever drug deaths

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More drug-related deaths were registered in Scotland in 2011 than in any previous year, according to figures released by National Records for Scotland. There...

August issue

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Life-saving stuff Nearly 3,500 naloxone take-home kits have been issued in Scotland over the past year, giving the chance of emergency treatment for overdose that...

March issue

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In it together! Together We Stand was a sign of good health Together We Stand (or 'together we run around' if you were on the...

August issue

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What price life? Why naloxone should be everyone’s business THE NALOXONE DEBATE seems to be taking a long time to come to a conclusion but the...