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DDN 2020 December/Jan

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‘There are much-needed glimpses of hope’ Our news in this issue leads with the positive results of the heroin assisted treatment pilot in Middlesbrough –...

DDN November 2020

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‘How can we change appalling statistics?’ Writing and reading about drug-related deaths is depressing for all of us – the inevitability year after year, when...

DDN October 2020

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‘We have a unique role in breaking county lines’ THE PRESSURES OF THE PANDEMIC are diverting services into new ways of working, with plenty of...

DDN September 2020

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‘Will we make the most of this opportunity?’ ‘IT’S ABOUT GIVING PEOPLE MUCH MORE POWER over the choices they make.’ Service providers are telling us...

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...

DDN June 2020

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‘We need to be proactive and responsive’ INNOVATIVE DEVELOPMENTS and impressive collaboration have characterised our sector’s response to the crisis (page 8). But what we...

DDN May 2020

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‘We’re learning about new versions of outreach’ WE’VE HAD TO CHANGE OUR PLAN for this issue several times this month as your news and survival...

DDN April 2020

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‘Listen to the messages from the frontline’ WHAT’S NORMAL RIGHT NOW? The last few weeks have been a white-knuckle ride for all of us, and...

DDN March 2020

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‘The savings offered by HAT give an obvious direction’ MANY YEARS AGO the UK treated heroin addiction as a medical issue, with diamorphine scripts dispensed...

DDN February 2020

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‘Why can’t we reverse this shameful trend of DRDs? EACH YEAR the cross-party parliamentary group meets to review the ONS data on drug-related deaths, and...

DDN Magazine December 2019

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‘Connecting can revise our response to a world gone mad’ THIS MONTH’S ISSUE went to press on polling day, and we brace ourselves for the...

DDN Magazine November 2019

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‘We loved becoming the new forum for debate’ FIFTEEN YEARS AGO we published our first issue of DDN. I interviewed the drugs minister Caroline Flint, who...

DDN Magazine October 2019

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More than my past For a long time now we’ve been involved in initiatives to help remove barriers for those seeking to get back into...

DDN Magazine September 2019

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Harm reduction is not the preserve of one community September is a glorious opportunity to celebrate recovery month and we’re delighted to hear about the...

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...

DDN Magazine June 2019

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Greeks bearing gifts DDN Magazine June 2019 Twenty years ago substance misuse treatment was a government priority, with a 400 per cent increase in investment (page...

DDN May 2019

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‘There is no one-size-fits all in addiction treatment... every person needs to find what gives their life a direction, fulfilment and purpose, and the...

DDN April issue

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DDN April 2019 ‘Recovery is not just an issue of personal motivation, but is also about acceptance.’ Our cover story (page 6) examines the thought...

DDN March 2019

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Speakers at the DDN conference embraced the theme ‘Keep on Moving’. What came out very strongly was that we need to take others along...

DDN February 2019

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‘We need to challenge the narrative on homelessness’ The rising rate of homelessness in this country is a scandal that shames our society. Furthermore, we...

December 2018

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‘How difficult, when stigma adds to the pain’ It’s harder than usual at this time of year for any of us who have lost loved...

‘Never forget kindness in a results-driven age’

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Never under-estimate the power of kindness and a safe space. The SWOP project featured in our cover story showcases the best kind of outreach...

‘We’re in danger of undervaluing vital healthcare’

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Personal stories are the essence of DDN. They speak volumes about good (and bad) practice and they also serve to inspire; and that’s vitally...

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....

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...

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...

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...

DDN April 2018

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‘With yet more evidence, can we justify standing still?’ How far do you have to go to show that something’s a good idea, it’s cost...

DDN March 2018

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'Where there's a will, things can happen' How do we get connected? With healthcare, with peers, colleagues, commissioners, policymakers, politicians? It’s a question that goes...

DDN February 2018

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  'Service users must stay at the heart of commissioning' Disinvestment and the fragmentation of services continue to dominate dialogue and debate. Yet according to Collective...

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 November 2017

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‘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,...

DDN October 2017

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‘Learn what you can. Try to get vulnerable.’ We talk so readily about the science of addiction – dopamine receptors, the way our brains are...

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...

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...

DDN June 2017

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‘Most drug-related deaths are of people not in treatment’ By the end of this week the next government will have been chosen – and who knows,...

DDN May 2017

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‘Who can offer the political leadership the sector needs?' Hogwash and purdah – it’s election season again and where is the long-awaited drug strategy? The...

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...

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...

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...

DDN December 2016

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Welcome to our latest issue... This year has held more political turbulence than most of us can stomach. Alongside that, the ongoing onslaught on budgets...

DDN November 2016

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Welcome to our latest issue... There is an absolute moral imperative on all of us to tackle the ‘outrageous discrimination’ against people with mental health...

October 2016

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It’s easy to take notice of those who shout the loudest, but where would we be without the everyday heroes who just get on...

September 2016

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Research shows that Korsakoff’s syndrome can occur in many dependent drinkers, yet the condition is rarely acknowledged and understood. Glenn Barnett explains the syndrome,...

July and August 2016

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‘Experiencing significant trauma in childhood considerably increases the risk of misusing drugs/and or alcohol. 'Research tells us that our early life experience programmes the brain...

June 2016

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We’re all too familiar with the revolving door to prison. Now it seems that prison culture is to be reformed from the top, with...

May 2016

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There was plenty of expectation around UNGASS – result of a 20- year wait for a global drug policy summit meeting – with a...

April 2016 DDN

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Thirty years after his graphic harm reduction campaigns burst onto the scene, Michael Linnell’s work still has the capacity to shock. Is it the...

March DDN 2016

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Our speakers at Get the Picture, our ninth service user involvement conference, underlined how engagement was everything. You can read all about the event...

February 2016

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In this month's issue of DDN... New report – new action? Over-50s are the focus of a new report on harmful drinking, with a new report...

December 2015

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In this month's issue of DDN... What's in store? Continuing to deliver what has worked and overcoming the deficits will become increasingly challenging over the next...

November DDN 2015

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In this month’s issue of DDN… ‘Talk of “harm reduction” is increasingly taboo – and completely absent from government communications.’ In the latest issue of DDN,...

DDN October 2015

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In this month’s issue of DDN… 'Why use a less desirable product when a preferable one is usually available?’ In the October DDN, Adam Winstock explores the...

DDN September 2015

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In this month’s issue of DDN… ‘How is it that a drug with the potential to halve a patient’s risk of dying ends up killing...

DDN July/August 2015

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In this month’s issue of DDN… In this month's DDN, nutritionist Helen Sandwell looks at the risk of ‘pure, white and deadly’ sugar to people...

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...

May 2015

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In this month’s issue of DDN… ‘Take drug and alcohol treatment seriously.’ In this month's issue: DDN canvasses opinion from the drug and alcohol sector on what...

April 2015 DDN

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In this month’s issue of DDN… ‘When someone is in need of help, there must be a full range of interventions available to them. It...

March 2015 DDN

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In this month’s issue of DDN… ‘I’m not the only person in this room who’s been through challenges.’ Powerful presentations, inspiring personal stories and determined user...

February 2015 DDN

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In this month’s issue of DDN… Welcome to the ‘new look’ DDN! In this month’s issue, we look at why technology may offer more people the...