DDN Publication dates 2021

DRINK AND DRUGS NEWS (DDN) is the monthly magazine for everyone working with substance use issues. Since 2004 it has become established as the authoritative voice of the sector, the place for in-depth news and features and the forum for debate.

Published independently by CJ Wellings, DDN is distributed through a 10,000 printed circulation and has a readership of more than 25,000. The website, receives more than 18,000 visitors a month and the DDN Bitesize weekly email alerts go to 5,000 subscribers. It’s the place to find all the latest news, comment, information, resources and jobs. With its thriving comment and letters pages, the magazine is the must-read forum, linking to the DDN Facebook page and over 9,000 Twitter followers.

The DDN community links people working with drug and alcohol problems with the wider health and social care field. Through fair and balanced journalism the magazine has become valued as the regular read for a discerning and interactive community that includes treatment agencies, commissioners, medical professionals including GPs and nurses, those working in the criminal justice service, housing professionals, social workers, politicians and policy-makers, service users, advocates and people working in education, prevention and all areas of public health.

Advertising to DDN’s targeted readership represents excellent value for money. With our design team offering a first-class layout service at no extra charge, we make the advertising process as seamless as possible, and the testimonials speak for themselves in showing that DDN always reaches a captive audience and gives a direct route to the right candidates. 

To find out more about advertising please contact

e: ian@cjwellings.com t: 07711 950 300

We publish ten issues a year, the issue dates for 2021 are:

  • Monday 1 February
  • Monday 1 March 
  • Tuesday 6 April (Easter Bank Holiday)
  • Monday 3 May
  • Monday 7 June
  • Monday 5 July
  • Monday 6 Sept
  • Monday 4 October
  • Monday 1 November
  • Monday 6 December

Articles and feature contributions need to be emailed to claire@cjwellings.com by the 15th of the month before the press date. (News items can be sent up to the last minute!) The deadline for letters and comment is the Wednesday before publication. Please get in touch to discuss features so they can be scheduled in advance.

The advertising print deadline for each issue is 3pm on the Friday before publication. Please email ian@cjwellings.com for details

The mechanical information and sizes for print adverts is available here.

DDN themes for 2021

DDN tries to carry balanced coverage of news and features from all aspects of drug treatment and related health and social care fields. We always want to hear from you on any issue that you would like to see highlighted. Below are some of the themes we plan on covering in various issues over the coming year.

Ideas and suggestions for contributions are welcome – please email the editor, claire@cjwellings.com



Ideas & innovations


Domestic violence

Criminal justice

Early trauma


April (Stress Awareness Month)

Stress awareness & strategies

[Prof Dame Carol Black – discussion of/reaction to findings from second stage of review (likely to be delayed).]

Prescription drugs (including effects of lockdown)

Hepatitis C

Ideas & innovations


Mental health (Mental Health Awareness Week, 18-23 May)




Volunteering (Volunteers’ Week, 1-6 June)

Carers’ Week (8-13 June)

Training & careers

Criminal Justice

Early trauma


Harm reduction (International OD Awareness Day, 31 Aug)

Focus on nursing

Hep C (World Hepatitis Day, 28 July)

Ideas & innovations


Recovery Month

Overseas developments

Homelessness & health (World Sepsis Day, 13 Sept)

Early trauma


Mental health and wellbeing (World Mental Health Day, 10 Oct)

Older people’s services

Criminal justice

Ideas & innovations


Alcohol Awareness Week, 11-16 Nov

Lung health (World COPD Awareness Day, 21 Nov)

Early trauma



BBVs (World Aids Day, 1 Dec)

Housing & resettlement

Criminal justice

Ideas & innovations


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