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Just 25 per cent think regular cannabis use is ‘very harmful’

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...criminal matter, however, compared to a third of over-65s. People were also asked to class the substances in terms of their impact on wider society, with crack cocaine and heroin...

Filling the gap

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...the point of view of the workers involved. The last drug-related deaths figures showed more than 500 people died from heroin use. With other drugs added the figures are more...

Media Savvy

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...to maintain their habit, who sacrifice families and prospects upon the altar of cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy and heroin, who keep the dealers in business including those at the school gates....

DDN welcomes your Letters

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...who perhaps through hard struggle has abstained from crack and heroin when on a methadone script and then seeks support at NA only to be made to feel unwelcome. Workers...

ACMD rejects time-limited substitution therapy

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Time limits on heroin substitution treatment such as methadone would ‘not benefit’ drug users’ recovery and would increase the possibility of relapse, according to a new report from the Advisory...

UN highlights ‘alarming’ rise in new drugs

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...conventional distinction between users of one or another illicit substances,’ the report states. Opiate use has remained stable, says the document, with heroin use apparently declining in Europe, while the...

Fewer young people in treatment

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...than 13,500 sought help for cannabis as their main problem drug, and more than 4,700 for alcohol, while ‘historic low’ figures for young people needing help for heroin or cocaine...

The news and views from the national media

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...working not for narco syndicates but Big Pharma, another kind of cartel. And do we really trust Big Pharma to manufacture methamphetamine and process crack or heroin in order to...

21st September issue

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...in the Random Injectable Opioid Treatment Trial (RIOTT). A survey half way through the trial had reported considerable success in reducing chaotic drug use through a regime of supervised diamorphine...

User involvement at the 8th service user conference

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...a heavy heroin addiction and medicated at 90mls of methadone at the time of entering treatment, I nearly lost my life. But most of all I lost my soul. Today...

The realms of possibility

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...Dhadley, service user involvement officer at SUIT and director of the Recovery Foundation CIC in Wolverhampton. ‘Or create opportunities if they’re not available.’ He first entered treatment at 19, the...

Afghan opium production up by almost 90 per cent

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...quality, low cost heroin will reach consumer markets across the world leading to increased consumption and related harmful consequences,’ it states. The increases were ‘dizzying’ and represented ‘a profoundly alarming...

Boost harm reduction to halt deaths, government urged

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...also take steps to minimise the impact of local authority budget cuts by requiring councils t o provide drug treatment by law, it adds. Despite ‘compelling and extensive evidence’ for...

Speaker Biographies

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...primary care based drug treatment model. He is the DAAT’s alcohol lead for primary care and the RCGP’s regional lead in substance misuse for the West Midlands since 2004. He...

Media Savvy

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...them. Drug barons are always one step ahead of the law. Those looking for heroin or cocaine can easily obtain it, at a price. But how would we prevent the...

Media savvy

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...Social Justice’s No quick fix report] is a muddled, shrill and selective document, determined to bring together issues such as binge drinking, heroin addiction, legal highs, cannabis smoking and alcoholism,...

MDMA back in vogue as NPS numbers continue to rise

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...of which have been detected since 2009. Eleven of these were fentanyls, which can be highly potent and ‘may be sold as heroin to unsuspecting users, posing a risk of...

Safe Corner

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...heroin or cocaine. Yet, based on statements from Sussex Police (a key stakeholder), the Home Office, and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), the working group determined that drug...

Trump declares opioid crisis ‘a public health emergency’

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...misuse treatment and medication, including for people in HIV/Aids programmes, as well as the recruitment of more treatment professionals and provision of grants for people who have been ‘displaced from...

England and Wales see sharp rise in drug deaths

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...which saw deaths fall by 9 per cent over the same period (DDN, September, page 4). Heroin/morphine remained the substances most commonly involved, up 32 per cent to 765 deaths,...

News in brief

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Ageist agenda Better knowledge is needed of what works in the identification, treatment and prevention of drug problems in older people, according to a report from the Big Lottery Fund,...

UN highlights ‘alarming’ rise in new drugs

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...conventional distinction between users of one or another illicit substances,’ the report states. Opiate use has remained stable, says the document, with heroin use apparently declining in Europe, while the...

DDN December 2016

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...duty to do more. Heroin-related deaths have doubled – yet what are we doing with these statistics? The work of DRD inquiry groups is being stifled by financial cuts, but...

Drug poisoning deaths hit highest level ever

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...aged 30-39. Treatment charity Addaction said the stark figures meant the government now needed to rethink its proposed cuts in local authority health spending (DDN, September, page 4). ‘Drug treatment...

Policy Scope

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...per cent in 2010-11. In 2010-11 there was also a fall of nearly 10,000 in the number of heroin and crack users coming into treatment over a two-year period. Are...

Recovery in the North West

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...in responding to the challenges of addiction. The Merseyside harm reduction response to heroin in the 1980s has taken on legendary status, while the comic capers of Manchester’s Grandpa Smackhead...

4th May issue

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...the end her colleague stepped up to give her talk for her, and it became obvious why she couldn’t relive her torture in a compulsory drug treatment centre, where she...

National news from the substance misuse field

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...Medications in drug treatment: tackling the risks to children – one year on at www.adfam.org.uk See feature, page 12   HELPING CHILDREN TALK ABOUT PARENTS’ TREATMENT A new resource booklet...

Media savvy

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...hand of heroin, then the deceased is judged to be unworthy of our compassion. It’s a heartless position, wholly devoid of human empathy. Lucy Hunter Johnson, Independent, 2 May When...

Post-its from practice

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...mobility scooter who stopped and clapped and cheered the walkers saying ‘Well done!’ exemplified this. Having been involved in the treatment system in Birmingham for more than 20 years I...

Substance misuse safeguarding

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...concern for these often vulnerable children is to limit, as much as possible, exposure to substances. At CRI, we treat heroin-dependent service users with opiate replacement medications which are by...

Change Grow Live is working with Norfolk Police to prevent overdoses

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Change Grow Live is working in partnership with Norfolk Constabulary to prevent overdoses and save lives. Naloxone is an emergency drug that temporarily reverses the effects of opioids like heroin,...

UK among biggest consumers in ‘buoyant’ cocaine market

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...larger number of people entering treatment for the first time for cocaine problems. These changes underline the growing importance of providing effective prevention, treatment and harm-reduction interventions for cocaine users’....