Welcome to our very first issue of Drink and Drugs News! Brought to you by the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals and Wired, the magazine will give you a round-up of what’s going on, who’s saying what, and the latest issues for debate, every fortnight.
You’ll see that we’ve teamed up with the partner organisations listed on this page to bring news and features from very different perspectives. The other part of the equation, to make this magazine a successful communication tool, is you. The magazine will work best if you let us know what’s happening in your workplace and region. Let us know your experiences with clients, and practical solutions that will help other readers.
This issue we catch up with Caroline Flint at the Home Office, who shares some interesting thoughts on drugs and crime. On the professional side, we summarise FDAP’s revised code of practice, which gives some helpful advice on those less than clear work situations. But we’re not all about the official side of work. Natalie’s story (page 6) and Dave’s day in the life’ (page 12) illustrate what we’re all about: demonstrating that treatment and support services can, and most definitely do, make a real and lasting difference to people’s lives.
Claire Brown – Editor