‘Health approach’ for new Scots drugs strategy

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Scotland’s new drugs strategy will take a ‘health approach’ and address wider problems such as housing, mental health, family support and employment, the Scottish...

Treatment crisis

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Action is needed now to stop the spiralling costs of buprenorphine, says Roz Gittins. We want to offer high quality, safe, cost-effective services to as...

DDN Conference Exhibitor Information

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      Thank you for supporting the DDN service user involvement conference. Please find information for your stand and the delegate bag inserts. The venue is the The New Bingley Hall, 1 Hockley...

The explosion that never happened

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At the end of the 1980s the threat of a crack epidemic in the UK loomed large as we scrambled to take heed of...

DDN Conference 2018 Group bookings

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The DDN conference is the perfect place to showcase your products or services, and inspire your volunteers and clients. Contact ian@cjwellings.com or 0845 299 3429 to find...

Campaigners call for total alcohol advertising ban

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Existing regulations are failing to protect young people from exposure to alcohol advertising and the ‘subsequent drinking’ it leads to, according to a collection...

One Life Exhibitor Information

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Thank you for supporting the DDN service user involvement conference. Please find information for your stand and thedelegate bag inserts. The venue is the The New Bingley Hall, 1 Hockley Circus, Birmingham,...

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...

Media Savvy July/August 2016

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 The principal effect of drug laws is to inflate the salaries of the nastiest barons and gangsters on earth, funding organised crime and corruption,...

A round-up of National News

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LONG-TERM TOLL Alcohol-related admission rates are falling for the under-40s but rising among over-65s, according to the latest local alcohol profiles from PHE, with the...

Mark Reid reviews the play People, Places and things

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People, Places and Things is an excellent look inside the world of a 12-step-style rehab. In the lead role, Denise Gough brings a perfect...

Definitions

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Legalisation, decriminalisation, drug law reform – what do we mean, asks George Allan How to address the ‘drug problem’ continues to divide the world. Hardline...

Cautious progress

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Dr Chris Ford on the importance of keeping up the momentum... With some excitement and a good helping of scepticism I set off to Vienna...

Be inspired

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We need easy access to material that will challenge us, says our new columnist George Allan A confession: during a lengthy career as both a practitioner...

Thank you for your interest in this position

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CRI have now rebranded to CGL - Change, Grow, Live. Their jobs page is currently being updated, please check back again on Monday 4th April...

Local news from the substance misuse field

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Yes you can! Build on Belief (BoB) recently held their eighth annual award ceremony and celebrated their ten-year anniversary through an evening of entertainment and...

Too much at stake

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We’re seeing the un­welcome return of the ‘postcode lottery’, says Dr Steve Brinksman My practice has long had a reputation in Birmingham for working with...

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...

Zero tolerance, zero cure

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Russian drug policies are fuelling the escalating HIV epidemic, says Chris Ford with input from Mikhail Golichenko Last week I asked Viktor how he was,...

Benefits of therapeutic communities

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Academic notes Drug sector veteran Rowdy Yates talks to David Gilliver about the value of therapeutic communities, and the therapeutic value of music ‘It’s kind of...

DDN Help 2019

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We are currently updating DDN Help and adding more resources.  Please bear with us. In the meantime please contact ian@cjwellings.com with any queries.

Bracknell Forest – intergrated Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service, September 2015

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Bracknell Forest DAAT will be advertising a tender for an integrated Drug & Alcohol Recovery Service in September 2015. As part of the tender process...

Health risks of sugar

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Hidden menace For those with a history of addiction the well-publicised health risks of sugar could pose serious dangers. Nutritionist Helen Sandwell looks at the...

NPS to be subject to ‘landmark’ blanket ban

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The government is to introduce a blanket ban on ‘legal highs’, as announced in last month’s Queen’s Speech. The Psychoactive Substances Bill will ‘prohibit...

Joan Hollywood – obituary

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Joan Hollywood 1941 - 2015 Joan Hollywood was a mother whose adult son died in 2008 after many years of drug and alcohol use. Unable to...

iCan Speak Bootcamp

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 Confidence is a skill you can master – let Richard McCann show you how! Birmingham, 23 June 2015 £145 + VAT professionals, £95 + VAT service users BOOK HERE NOW https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XPgnm7Lo8M He...

DDN maps

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                    The new way to find anything, anywhere! Our new DDN interactive map provides a comprehensive directory of events, jobs, service user groups, trainers and residential treatment...

GP advice – Steve Brinksman

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Put on the spot Dr Steve Brinksman on having his preconceptions challenged About a month ago I had a patient come in to see...

Expressions of interest

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Expressions of interest for the Provision of the Adult Integrated Drug & Alcohol Treatment System in Southwark Southwark Council is seeking to invite competitive tenders for the provision...

Expression of interest

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      Opportunity for inclusion onto an approved list for drug & alcohol residential rehabilitation services Southend-on-Sea Borough Council along with Thurrock Council, are inviting expressions of...

Alcohol support

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A safe place Brian Cowie explains how a ‘designated place of safety’ is providing a safe haven in Aberdeen for individuals to sober up and...

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European Alcohol Conference  Comparing and contrasting practice across Europe Tickets: £140 + VAT 

Letters

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The DDN letters page, where you can have your say. To be included in the next magazine, send your letters and comments to claire@cjwellings.com or to 57...

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...

Best foot forward

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The volume of activity and appetite for change during September’s ‘recovery month’ speaks volumes about the momentum of the recovery community, says Alistair Sinclair Three...

CQC pledges to focus on ‘the issues that matter’

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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has set out its new approach to inspecting drug and alcohol services, which will ‘reflect national priorities’ and ‘put...

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...

Adfam Families First 2014

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23 October 2014, Park Crescent Conference Centre, Central London. How can we support families to cope with the many facets of their loved ones’ addiction? The Families...

Becoming change-makers

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It’s time to leave our little bubbles and make recovery visible, says Alistair Sinclair Watching the news last week, the brutality in Gaza, the tragedy...

Service User Involvement Conference 2015!

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Next February, the 2015 service user involvement conference will be taking place and we want to hear from you! Your input is vital in...

What you’re saying

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On Stanton Peele’s article, ‘Mind the steps?’, DDN, April, page 8… ALL RECOVERY GROUPS are about the people that attend them. I tried AA for a couple...

Challenging behaviour

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It is my firm belief that the majority of people with drug and alcohol problems can be managed in primary care, albeit with the...

Obituary – Phil Fox

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Phil Fox 8 June 1959 – 16 June 2014  It is with greatest sadness that we break the news of the passing of Phil Fox, our...

Workforce challenge

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Amar Lodhia experiences a day in the life of a local enterprise and employability service (LEES) worker Speaking at an event last week on how...

Hampshire County Council

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Hampshire Integrated Adult Substance Misuse Recovery Service - Information Day         The Hampshire Operational Model for Effective Recovery (HOMER) is a recovery-orientated, integrated-care approach to tackling...

Oxfordshire County Council

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Oxfordshire County Council NEW INTEGRATED DRUG AND ALCOHOL SERVICES IN OXFORDSHIRE  INVITATION TO A MARKET PLACE DEVELOPMENT DAY Friday 20th June 10.00am – 12.30pm - followed by lunch...

Experts by experience

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Participants in the Staying Safe hepatitis C prevention project gave invaluable insight into life-saving protective practices. The findings could be used to make harm...

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...

Surrey County Council

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            Surrey County Council will shortly be going out to tender for Tier 3 Community Drug and Alcohol Treatment, Tier 4 In-patient Recovery, Stabilisation and...

Increase in drug related deaths for older Scots

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The proportion of drug-related deaths in Scotland among people aged 45 and above increased from 14 per cent in 2011 to 26 per cent...

Beating budgets

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Forming partnerships helped TSBC stay a step ahead of the inevitable financial constraints, says Amar Lodhia At budget time last month TSBC, like many others,...

Different perspectives

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No two people are the same – and neither should we expect their treatment to be, says Dr Steve Brinksman Primary care is a funny old...

Building a network

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Charlotte Tarrant explains how Equinox Care’s mutual aid groups for cannabis and alcohol misuse have built a network of support for local users In 2012,...

A step too far?

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Stanton Peele challenges the received wisdom of the 12-step approach I recently received this email from a UK addictions worker: ‘Stanton, I was in a public...

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

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Bournemouth Borough Council invites expressions of interest from both individual organisations and consortia’s for the provision of the following Services:  Bournemouth Assessment Team Services –...

Oxfordshire County Council Public Health

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Contract for the Provision of Young People’s Substance Misuse Service. Invitation to Submit an Expression of Interest CPU 846   Oxfordshire County Council Public Health Directorate is...

Enterprising ideas

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Graham Marshall shares how Spitalfields Crypt Trust’s social enterprises have helped service users build the confidence to get back to work  Looking back, setting up...

Government accepts ACMD’s ketamine recommendation

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Ketamine is to be upgraded to a class B drug, crime prevention minister Norman Baker has confirmed. Baker has written to Advisory Council on...

Helping hands

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Jenni Parker tells DDN about the Aurora Project Lambeth, a social enterprise that offers volunteer-led peer mentoring to people in treatment.  The Aurora Project Lambeth...

A tale of two drinkers

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The challenge of Dry January meant different strokes for different folks, says Dr Steve Brinksman.  As the role alcohol plays in ill health and social dysfunction...

Tender opportunity for the Isle of Wight

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TENDER OPPORTUNITY: Invitation to Tender for the Provision of Recovery Focused Integrated Substance Misuse Community Services for the Isle of Wight The Isle of Wight Council invites tenders...

Oxfordshire County Council (CPU785)

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THE PROVISION OF A LOCAL RESIDENTIAL DETOXIFICATION PROJECT FOR ADULTS WITH PROBLEMATIC SUBSTANCE MISUSE Oxfordshire County Council Public Health Directorate are seeking expressions of interest...

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...

New horizons

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 We must challenge employers who don’t acknowledge the value of a second chance, says Amar Lodhia. Over the past six months we’ve been changing here...

United we stand

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Jonathan Munro tells DDN about the pioneering partnership working happening among prisons in the North East.  The prison partnership is a new venture formed in...

Creating Recovery

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Thursday 16 January 2014 The London Film Museum, London Come and join colleagues from detoxification, abstinent-based treatment and rehabilitation centres, commissioning groups, public health, local authorities,...

Good vibrations

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Kevin Westbury tells DDN about Jam Straight, a place where people in recovery can relax, socialise and enjoy some good music. The vineyard community centre...

Letters

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The DDN letters page, where you can have your say. Please send letters and comments to claire@cjwellings.com to be included in the magazine.       Losing the plot • ‘Personally I don’t think...

Seeing purple

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Last month Alex Boyt took the recovery move­ment to task. Alistair Sinclair, Richard Maunders and Melody Treasure of the UKRF respond In DDN’s November issue...

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...

Obituary

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Caroline Blackburn 26 July 1977 – 7 June 2014 It is with great sadness and shock that we are looking back on the life of...

Back of the net

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Doncaster Rovers Community Sports and Education Foundation describe how their new education programme is helping to boost confidence and wellbeing. Doncaster Rovers Community Sports and...

Government announces new drug powers as Baker replaces Browne

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The government is to create new powers to seize chemicals suspected of being used as cutting agents for illegal drugs, as part of its...

Soapbox

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DDN’s monthly column offering a platform for a range of diverse views The big question Is drug prohibition helping or hindering recovery, asks Neil McKeganey Professor...

PHE ‘does not recognise’ picture painted in think tank report

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Public Health England (PHE) has issued a statement that it does not recognise the portrait of a treatment system ‘unambitious for recovery’ in the...

Women and children first

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With women hard-hit by spending cuts and often invisible in treatment services, DDN reports from a Brighton Oasis Project conference which looked at how...

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...

Policy scope

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What’s going on?  What is happening to the commissioning landscape and how will it affect us, asks Marcus Roberts  With the new commissioning structures now starting...

Black people six times more likely to be stopped and searched...

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                     Black people are stopped and searched for drugs at 6.3 times the rate of white people, according to a new report from Release and...

Nothing to declare

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In the sixth and final part of his personal story, Mark Dempster experiences an unlikely epiphany It had been a choice between prison or detox...

Post-its From Practice

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Some do, some don't All GPs should see involvement in drug and alcohol treatment as the norm, says Dr Steve Brinksman. I became interested in working...

Recovery in the community 2013

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Sheffield Alcohol Support Service The Megacentre - Sheffield  Friday 11th October 2013

Cry for help

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    Painkiller addiction is a growing issue. In the first of­­ a three-part series, DDN asks, are we responding?   Read here   More features

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Mark Archive

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Mark Dempster's uncompromising story of drug dealing and addiction. Part 1: Growing up in Glasgow, the young Mark already starts to push the boundaries Part 2: Mark leaves for London,...

Marie Archive

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Marie's journey of self-discovery. Part 1: Marie explains how an incident in her childhood turned her world upside down and sent her down the path to addiction Part 2: Marie finds...

UN highlights ‘alarming’ rise in new drugs

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New psychoactive drugs are proliferating at an ‘unprecedented’ rate and pose ‘unforeseen public health challenges’, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and...

UN highlights ‘alarming’ rise in new drugs

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New psychoactive drugs are proliferating at an ‘unprecedented’ rate and pose ‘unforeseen public health challenges’, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and...

14th January issue

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 Leaping into recovery seems a fine way to start off this Leap Year – it’s good to be back! I hope you’rehaving a good 2008...

Travel Info

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The breathtaking Fritton Lake lies 4 miles from the historic Somerleyton Hall                 By Car Fritton Lake is situated off the...

New directions

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David Gilliver talks to International Drug Policy Consortium executive director Ann Fordham about raising awareness and the changing course of the global drug policy debate.  ‘It’s clear...

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...

Festival Programme

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21/22/23 June'13 - Fritton Lake, Norfolk Recovery Evolution Festival 2013 Recovery Evolution is a celebration of recovery, Fritton Lake providing a breathtaking and thought provoking venue...

Harm reduction international conference 2013

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The Values of Harm Reduction  Harm Reduction 2013. This international conference is a key event for all those interested in harm reduction around the world. The...

Talk to Frank

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For free confidential drugs information and advice 24 hours a day talk to FRANK. www.talktofrank.com/

Establish royal commission on drug policy, says select committee

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The House of Commons Home Affairs Committee has called for a royal commission on UK drug policy to be set up in its Drugs:...

December issue

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What about me? The Families First conference was our big chance to listen and learn from families (page 8), but it also gave an opportunity...

December issue

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   What about me? The Families First conference was our big chance to listen and learn from families (page 8), but it also gave an opportunity...

Patient Opinion

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Patient Opinion was founded in 2005 and since then has grown to be the UK's leading independent non-profit feedback platform for health services. Patient...

DDN Christmas cards are comin’ to town!

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Deck the halls... with a DDN Christmas card!                                                                                                                                                           We'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who supported the 2014 DDN Christmas...

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Deck the halls... DDN Christmas cards are here again! Buy yours HERE A BIG thank you to and a Merry Christmas from...                      ...

Families First Workshops

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Conference Workshops    Here are the workshop topics that will be covered on the day between 1.45 - 2.45 pm. Details of where they are held will be available at...

It’s where you’re at…

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Harm reduction should be about ‘meeting people where they’re at’, according to the recent HIT Hot topics conference. Jamie Bridge reports.     Last month HIT hosted...

Post-its from Practice

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The three Rs It’s all about the right treatment, at the right place, and the right time, says Dr Steve Brinksman There are many things I...

Adfam Annual Conference

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Date: 14th June 2013 – London Length: 1 day Price: £98.00   Adfam is pleased to announce it will be holding its annual conference onJune 14th 2013. Take advantage of our early bird rate of...

October issue

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GI Blues Many services commissioned by local authorities failed to ask if the individual accessing them had served within the armed forces. This comment from...

DDN Magazines, 2010

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Does a preoccupation with binge drinking mean the health aspects of...

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The health select committee recently reported that government alcohol policy should move beyond public order in town centres and increase its focus on health. DDN reports. The...

July issue

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Editorial Coming soon...             Read Magazine: PDF Version     

20 November Issue 2006

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In this issue: Dr Fitzgerald highlights the opportunities of schools and outside agencies working more closely together to give pupils (and families) different levels of support. Click on...