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Dying with their rights on?

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[…] not simply archaic legislation that has lingered on the statute books. A good example of this kind of legislation in action is the Swedish Care of Alcoholics, Drug Abusers and Abusers of Volatile Solvents Act (1988). Sweden’s Care of Alcoholics, Drug Abusers and Abusers of Volatile Solvents Act (1988) The Act’s aims are to […]

Breaking barriers

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[…] complex inter-related family dynamics. Ophelia House Of the women that we’ve supported, 77 per cent have survived domestic abuse. Sam was referred to us by a community drug treatment team that she had been supported by to safely flee an abusive relationship, and on leaving the relationship she was carefully supported directly into a […]

UK among biggest consumers in ‘buoyant’ cocaine market

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[…] purity levels in Europe are at their highest for a decade, according to the latest EMCDDA annual report, with a ‘buoyant’ market and increased availability of the drug in a number of countries. Coca cultivation and cocaine production in Latin America are increasing, says European drug report 2018: trends and developments, with wastewater analysis […]

Number of people in alcohol treatment up by 10 per cent

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[…] use at 49 per cent – the number of people in treatment for opiates fell slightly from 140,863 to 140,558. Overall there were 289,215 adults in contact with drug and alcohol services in 2021-22, up from 275,896 the previous year. The number of adults entering treatment was 133,704, which was relatively unchanged from the previous […]

Nearly 100,000 could be unaware they have hep C

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[…] devastating consequences. PHE is renewing its call for anyone who believes they have been at risk of contracting the virus – particularly if they have ever injected drugs – to get tested. Better access to new treatments may be a factor in falling numbers of people with hep C requiring liver transplants, says the […]

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 was packed with people that were directly affected, as demonstrated by the question, ‘who in this room has lost someone?’ We heard about keyworkers struggling with huge caseloads, and […]

Northern Ireland to consult on minimum pricing

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[…] launch a ‘full consultation’ on minimum unit pricing (MUP) for alcohol, its health minister Robin Swann has announced. The decision follows a review of its alcohol and drug strategy carried out last year. Robin Swann: Impact of alcohol misuse is being felt by too many families and communities Northern Ireland’s new substance use strategy, […]

DDN Magazine September 2019

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[…] common purpose. Harm reduction is not the preserve of one community – it’s all of our business and should be central to everything we do, whatever the drug and whatever the treatment preference. Nick Wilson’s piece (cover story, page 6) is a reminder that activism is essential, and that includes the kind of community […]

Better training needed for emergency call handlers around overdose, says SDF

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Emergency call handlers need better training around dealing with overdose situations, according to a new report from the Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF). Some call handlers have been giving advice that conflicts with that provided in naloxone training, says Providing emergency help to someone having an overdose: your experiences.   The document is based on […]

Send us your letters!

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[…] we can’t wave a magic wand to increase funding levels and improve treatment for all, challenging stigma and highlighting the human tragedy of addiction and in particular drug-related deaths is something that can be done. There are some fantastic campaigns that do this such as ‘Support Don’t Punish’ and the Remembrance Day events in […]

More needs to be done to help vulnerable people quit this Stoptober

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[…] in society via effective, locally sensitive, and targeted policy and funding. In England, two thirds of smokers want to quit. Research also demonstrates that people who use drugs and alcohol are equally as motivated as the general population to quit smoking. When considering such willingness for change, what are the main barriers preventing people […]

The Forward Trust and Action on Addiction join forces to reach more people

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[…] by addiction. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on individuals and families who are affected by all forms of addiction. Rates of harmful drinking and drug-related deaths are at an all-time high; gambling addiction is rising exponentially, and families and children are living with the hidden harm of addiction in greater numbers […]

DDN June2017

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DRINK AND DRUGS NEWS ISSN 1755-6236 JUNE 2017 Inside: Fentanyl, drug-related deaths, reaching out to young people JOINING FORCES TO HELP BRIGHTON’S STREET SLEEPERS DRINK AURGSE We’r e  p la nnin g  a  r a ng e o f  p ro je cts  to  h e lp  b rin g  to g eth e r th […]

Humankind sets out harm reduction minimum standards

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[…] a decline in the number of people accessing our needle and syringe programmes and we want to change this. These services play a crucial role in reducing drug-related deaths and reinfection rates for hepatitis C, providing the life-saving drug naloxone, and providing a route into treatment services. They also provide our staff and volunteers […]

DDN 0317 web

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DRINK AND DRUGS NEWS ISSN 1755-6236 MARCH 2017 All the reports, comment and films at www.drinkanddrugsnews.com CONFRONTING THE SCANDAL OF DRUG-RELATED DEATHS AT DDN’S 10TH SERVICE USER CONFERENCE DRINK AINUNDRINGD SI DD N  i s  a n  i n bep en ben t p u blic a tio n , e n tir e ly  f […]

Right Place, Right Time

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[…] good pathway of support when they move out’. Nothing has stalled over the past year – quite the opposite. Biggs is ‘terrified’ of what’s to come on drug-related death statistics as ‘there’s so much we don’t know about the experience of people in treatment over the last year’. Add to that the stigma, not […]

A dignified end

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[…] In 2019, a team of researchers from Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) started to develop a new approach to care for people using substances – alcohol and other drugs – who were approaching the end of their lives. This was done in partnership with people with lived experience of substance use and loss, through our […]

Every step

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[…] practical aspects. We also need those of you who work with clinicians, those who commission services and those who provide education to recommend the prescribing of naloxone. Drug-related deaths from overdose remain a significant problem and I believe a widespread roll-out of naloxone could significantly reduce this. We have as much a duty of […]

DDN March 2022

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[…] reason for tragedies never makes for easy reading, but The Suicide Prevention Consortium’s research on alcohol-related suicidal behaviour (page 16) and Martin Smith’s look at causes of drug-related deaths (page 14) are two articles that could have an important role in informing our actions. Read the March issue as an online magazine or download the PDF […]

PHE: Increase hep C treatment or face liver cancer time bomb

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[…] the next 10-15 years would only mean a 31 per cent increase in spending, says PHE. The agency is calling for services to be made more easily accessible – including expansion into drug treatment, primary care and prison settings – as well as better monitoring and reporting of treatment outcomes. ‘While there would be a financial cost to rapidly increasing treatment rates, the increase […]

The smell of home cooking and the sound of piano: a visit to Southend-on-Sea

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[…] a decline in previous years, rough sleeping rose over 50% in 2021-2022. People living in deprived areas typically experience poor mental and physical health, alongside harm from drugs, alcohol and gambling. Southend is no exception, with drug-related deaths hitting a ten-year high in 2022. As a charity, Forward’s mission is to reach and support […]

Ketamine treatment for people with alcohol disorder shows promising results 

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[…] of Exeter and Awakn have also signed an agreement with Devon Partnership NHS Trust to explore the potential of ketamine-assisted psychotherapy in the NHS. The use of drugs like ketamine in addiction and mental health treatment remains controversial, and would require approval from NICE to allow prescriptions by the NHS.  ‘The number of alcohol-related […]

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

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[…] set up information for exhibitors here. There is still time to exhibit or include inserts in the delegate bags, contact ian@cjwellings.com to find out more. Supported by: Drug-related deaths are up; targeted investment is down. There is so much that we, as a community, can do to reverse this situation. We know what works and […]

Keeping it together

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[…] special for PACKS to be involved in this as they had all lost someone to overdose and really enjoy being part of the bigger picture in preventing drug related deaths.  The passion the peer team bought to the table was quite amazing. You could really tell these pouches meant something personally to them. Without them, 2,000 […]

Stepping up

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[…] journey, and detox services can also play an important role in enabling people to stabilise on their community delivered treatment options.  UPTAKE TARGETS Improving treatment outcomes, reducing drug-related harm and death and increasing the number of people in treatment are at the heart of the UK’s ten-year drug strategy – including a 2 per […]

It’s all about you

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[…] CQC should be ‘a force for good’, the strategy meetings highlighted a mindset of managing risk rather than meeting need, says Moody. The ‘well-intentioned but flawed’ national drug treatment monitoring system (NDTMS) was seen as ‘a giant data set that’s recording more stuff about a person with a substance misuse problem than a person […]
Funding for residential drug treatment

Phoenix Chief Exec Karen Biggs calls for action on funding

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[…] us supporting people who need help with their drug or alcohol use knew we were already in crisis going into this pandemic. With the… Highest levels of drug related deaths on record Funding levels falling off a cliff for the last 8 years   People across large areas of the country with no access to addiction […]

DDN Conference 2024 Programme

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[…] Point demonstrate the importance of peer-led education and engagement in tackling the ongoing risks from nitazenes and other novel and synthetic opioids. Shayla Schlossenberg Shayla Schlossenberg: Release’s drugs service coordinator takes up some of the issues around equal rights to healthcare that have made her regular ‘rough treatment’ column a must-read in DDN. B3 […]

‘Millions’ of children exposed to World Cup alcohol marketing

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[…] number of people in treatment in the last year, with more than 90 per cent waiting less than three weeks. The numbers were encouraging, said director of drugs and alcohol Rosanna O’Connor, but there was ‘much more to do’.  Alcohol Marketing at the FIFA World Cup 2014:  a frequency analysis, and alcohol harm map […]

The Losing Hand

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[…] alcoholic saying they’ll just have one drink – it would soon be a bottle of vodka. In some ways gambling addiction is easier to hide than with drugs or alcohol, because there’s no substance. You can be in all this debt and about to lose your family and your home but you can put […]

December 2018

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[…] preconceptions. And in this spirit of contemplation, we reflect back on another year of cuts and chaos, where we have felt powerless to halt the rise of drug and alcohol-related deaths. But we are also reminded of some important things that make a difference – strong harm reduction, good commissioning, and a commitment to […]

‘Never forget kindness in a results-driven age’

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[…] (page 8) that the situation must be resolved as quickly as possible. Getting the medication right is among the many things we know will help to prevent drug-related deaths. After listening to the latest ONS figures, participants of a recent parliamentary meeting wanted more information around the personal stories of those who are recorded […]

Urgent funding needed for young people’s substance services, says RCPsych

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[…] to at least the 2013/14 level’ –  equivalent to 2.4 per cent of public health spending.  ‘These cuts risk condemning a generation of vulnerable young people with drug or alcohol problems to a lifetime of dependence and poor health, or in some cases, an early death,’ said vice-chair of RCPsych’s addictions faculty, Dr Emily […]

DDN March 2024

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[…] point. Prof Dame Carol Black tells us that we need to make our case for why a boost in funding has not had the desired impact on drug-related deaths. We have the evidence to fight for more funding – synthetic opioids are flooding the market, prison aftercare is under-resourced and inadequate, alcohol strategy is […]

DDN April issue

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[…] by exclusion and stigma. The divide between those inside and outside recovery becomes even more stark when we look at our success rate with treatment for women. Drug-related death rates among women are the highest since records began, and what are we doing about it? Do we know why women aren’t accessing treatment? Do […]

New app helps to locate free naloxone

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[…] DDN looks back at the story of this lifesaving intervention. (Features February 2023): Turning Point hosted its first Safer Lives conference in Birmingham making a commitment to addressing the drug death crisis. (News August 2023): An app to highlight places such as pharmacies and needle exchanges that offer free naloxone has been launched by Turning Point and Somerset […]

DDN Conference 2020 Postponed – click for details

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[…] new! This is our annual opportunity to put our heads together on what matters for service user involvement. Our agenda will reflect what’s important to you – drug-related deaths, activism, naloxone, BBVs, trauma, harm reduction initiatives, recovery inspiration and staying well.  Hear from the UK Recovery Champion Dr Ed Day   In this highly […]

DDN December 2018

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DRINK AND DRUGS NEWS ISSN 1755-6236 DECEMBER/JANUARY 2019 PLUS : Prison provision – let’s get naloxone where it’s needed HAbbY FA MILIES? TACKLING STIGMA THROUGH FRIENDSHIP AND NETWORKS pioneering simplicity  Enhance d  h a rm  r e d uctio n s o lu tio ns w it h  g re a te r  c h o ic […]