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...at www.publications.parliament.uk   Testing times Hepatitis C testing in prisons should be a ‘continuous offer’, according to a report from the Hepatitis C Trust. Just 6 per cent of inmates...

Hepatitis C ‘grossly under-prioritised’, warns charity

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...local authorities, the NHS and commissioning groups, with measures to encourage case finding by drug services, prisons, GPs and councils. Earlier this year the charity warned that just a quarter...

Heroin Assisted Treatment – A helping hand

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...‘very promising treatment option’, particularly for people who have been going in and out of prisons and hostels for years. Also, crucially for its chance of sustainability, it shows that...

Proportion of prisoners developing drug problem doubles in five years

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...running rehabilitation programmes in prisons across the UK, we agree with Reform’s report that the drug problem in custody is getting worse, with more prisoners developing a drug problem inside,’ said...

Deaths in prison hit record levels

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...and phones that undermine security. These are long-standing issues that will not be resolved in weeks or months but our wholescale reforms will lay the groundwork to transform our prisons,...

A Tangled Web: drug purchasing on the darknet

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...city-level dealers who have been buying in SCRAs (synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists) – for onward sale to prisons and the homeless population – to source products. Granted, some will buy...

Hepatitis C ‘grossly under-prioritised’, warns charity

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...local authorities, the NHS and commissioning groups, with measures to encourage case finding by drug services, prisons, GPs and councils. Earlier this year the charity warned that just a quarter...

Springboard to success

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...support meetings. A lot of our apprenticeships are based within prisons in London, Kent, Norfolk, Surrey and Sussex. One of the challenges has been getting people with criminal convictions the...

Forward’s Employment Services Directorate celebrates another successful year

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...learners in prisons with information, advice and guidance support 885 learners and unemployed participants in the community 338 individuals in the community to progress into jobs, apprenticeships, and self-employment. Here...

Government rolls out drug recovery wings

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The government is to roll out ‘up to’ 18 new drug recovery wings in prisons across England and Wales by 2025, it has announced, as well as increasing the number...

PHE launches online NPS monitoring tool

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...will also share treatment best practice between drug services, A&E departments, prisons, sexual health clinics, GP surgeries and other settings. All front-line health staff will be able to access the...

Countdown to hep C eradication

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...into the top segment’. Treatment in prisons remained poor, meanwhile, and too many needle exchanges still weren’t offering testing. However, death rates were falling, as were waiting lists for liver...

A place to thrive

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...part of the development of this evidence base, we’ll shortly be embarking on an exciting programme of work across nine prisons and 15 communities in the North West alongside Mark...

Rough Justice

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...to reducing demand, many prisons had enhanced airport-like security and trained drug dogs, partly to address the issue of staff bringing in drugs. ‘But people are ingenious and prisons are...

A moral imperative

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...services in the community and prisons. While NHS provision has changed in the last few years and just over a quarter all community substance misuse treatment systems are NHS, we...

Liberty to change

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...of every 100 Americans is incarcerated – we’re filling up our prisons, we have broken families and we have the disconnect between professional help and community support, families and therapists....

Local news from the substance misuse field

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...schools, housing associations, youth justice centres, and most recently premier football clubs and prisons. EDP is now looking to deliver the SEQ in other prisons in Dorset and Devon, and...

Driving Change

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...you felt safe. Did anyone think about police, prisons and surveillance? Yet this is the narrative – that we need these things to feel safe. We normalise these ideas.’ The...

Government’s coronavirus advice on protecting rough sleepers ‘inadequate’, says Crisis

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...documents for health professionals, prisons and other settings. Hostels and day centres do not need to close unless directed by PHE or the government, it says, and stresses that frequent...

27th July issue

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...Shadow justice minister David Burrowes sees the current system as totally unambitious and wants to refocus the approach on abstinence and recovery (page 10). And former chief inspector of prisons...

Introducing Forward’s new Kent Young Persons Project

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...in the Kent and Medway area who have been in a secure setting and are about to leave. The project will run from two prisons – HMPs Elmley and Rochester...

At Odds

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...eyes of those trapped in the cycle of substance use. Our prisons have become warehouses, revenue-generating machines processing the lost souls of addicts on a conveyor belt destined towards a...
Interventions for women

Phoenix Futures takes a closer look at interventions for women

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...provisions in prisons, specialising in the treatment model ‘Therapeutic Community’. My experience of prisons is that they have the potential to be great places for reform, rehabilitation, and ideal for...

WDP & Shannon Trust team up to help service users to read

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WDP and literacy charity Shannon Trust have teamed up to help address low literacy rates in community substance misuse support services. Shannon Trust works in prisons across England, Wales, and...

Your shout!

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...in prisons and specifically to ‘lifers’? My view is simple – lifers were released without interven­tions of any kind. If the historical perspective is to be believed, lifers as a...

Hep C: An end in sight?

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...Another opportunity is prisons, she states, with estimates of the proportion of the prison population with hepatitis C ranging from 10 to 24 per cent. ‘The prevalence, if you average...

Safe from harm

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...hep C programme in prisons. ‘We should never stop fighting for what’s right,’ said Karyn Kaplan, who talked about the new generation of hep C medicine – direct acting anti-virus...

Celebrating 50 years of Residential Services

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...residential service to a national organisation with services in community, prisons housing and residential settings. We have adapted our approach over the years to meet the changing needs of our...

Psychoactive Substances Bill

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...to many otherwise law abiding’ people. Closing ‘headshops’ could also simply displace the market, he says, while those in charge of clubs, festivals, pubs or even prisons could be liable...
Ron Dougan Trent Housing talks about the rle of housing in residential drug treatment

Home front

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...he says. ‘They’ll go out to local schools and talk about the dangers of addiction and go into prisons to tell people there’s a way to get off drugs and...

Psychoactive Substances Bil

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...to many otherwise law abiding’ people. Closing ‘headshops’ could also simply displace the market, he says, while those in charge of clubs, festivals, pubs or even prisons could be liable...

9 October Issue 2006

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In this issue: Once again this country’s prisons have been declared at bursting point this week, to the point where we’re looking at shipping prisoners abroad or extending the experiment...

Harm reduction worldwide has ‘stalled’, warns HRI

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...more than half living with hepatitis C and almost one in five living with HIV. Harm reduction in prisons remains ‘in a worse state than in the community’, the report...

The Naloxone Action Group

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...approach to distribution could start with prisons and hostels, he said, but should be inclusive, and ‘service-driven at each hub by a naloxone champion’. See the naloxone action group on...

Our naloxone strategy for 2022

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...provide more naloxone are: approved premises, pharmacies, police, hospitals, ambulances, hostels, homeless shelters, and prisons. People can also help to give out naloxone to their own peers. By working together...

Why isn’t more being done to tackle hep C?

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...and they do seem to understand that hepatitis C needs to be a priority – they’re certainly looking to really improve things in prisons, for example. When it comes to...

Through the gate

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Sue Reynolds, the clinical lead of sub­stance misuse at HMP Littlehey, tells DDN about joining the growing number of prisons to introduce a life-saving take-home naloxone pro­gramme for prisoners upon...

Survival strategies

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...care side operates substance services in more than 10 prisons. It’s an impressive list, but as she told delegates at DrugScope’s conference (DDN, December 2012, page 13), she’s worried about...

Sarah Newton MP comments on the new drug strategy

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...destroy the rehabilitation role of our prisons. Governors will have more powers to extend searches to prevent smuggling. Longer term, we want to focus on continuity of drug treatment, putting...

Potent cannabinoid use

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...presentations in some US states exceeding that of traditional drugs, and many UK prisons reporting high rates of inmate use and severe complications, it is fair to say that SCs...

Power of ten

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...we can’t engage with this and challenge those fractures.’ The fractured system between commissioning for treatment in prisons and in the community was also putting people at risk, he said....

Committee calls for royal commission on drug policy

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...treatment and keeping drugs out of prisons rather than ‘have some very, very long-term royal commission’. However a week later deputy prime minister Nick Clegg backed the call, telling the...

False economies

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...train people in recovery to join the workforce, programmes on hepatitis and needle exchange, and work with the Scottish Prison Service, including dealing with NPS in prisons. The absence of...

Media Savvy

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...now saturates our prisons. Legalisation of cannabis in some American states has, admittedly, led to a free-for-all, with little focus on regulation of any sort. Starting later, this country could...

Shifting sands – 2012 according to DDN

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...problems who refuse to enter treatment. Ex-governor of Brixton and Belmarsh prisons, John Podmore, meanwhile, tells DDN that, ‘We know, but we won’t accept, that we use remand to deal...

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...by the wider health and social care sector, housing, mental health services, prisons and criminal justice. You can see from our jobs page, the type of post we carry.  ...

Picture This

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...late-night outreach.’ Bubic also carried out inreach work in prisons, he said, with a particular focus on trying to ‘encourage emotional intelligence and self-awareness’ prior to release. ‘People get “gate...

Unlocking the Past

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...not crutches. Mental health problems are for life, but addictions can stop. People need to realise addictions are prisons and the pursuit of drugs is slavery. Childhood trauma cannot be...

Letters July/August 2016

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...means more begging and crime. Police are caught up in almost petty stuff, then the courts and prisons are full with people for short sentences – no time to be...

News focus

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...joined-up’ approach to tackling problem drug use – from prison to the community – in partnership with the Department of Health, as well as a network of ‘resettlement prisons’ to...

On a mission to cure hep C

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...pathway. In London’s prisons the situation is similarly poor, says PHE, with only 6.4 per cent of new receptions reported as having been tested, compared with 7.8 per cent in...

My, how you’ve changed!

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...an organisation which focused its work on direct support for families affected by substance misuse in the criminal justice system – we had services in several prisons in London and...

Thanks for Sharing

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...hep C has improved dramatically in recent years, but with more diagnoses happening at different locations – drugs and outreach services, GP surgeries, prisons – it’s crucial that organisations have...

Boost for BBV testing among London’s homeless population

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...prisons, general practice and sexual health services, along with a reduction in diagnoses and hep C treatment starts. ‘Numbers of consultations, vaccinations, tests, diagnoses, and treatment initiations in the summer...

New helpline for prisoners released during pandemic

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...the Ministry of Justice initiative to release some people from prison early have prompted us to launch this additional support for drug and alcohol recovery clients leaving North East prisons,’ said...

Case dismissed

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...reached English prisons. Only 12 per cent of prisoners who were previously dependent on heroin left prison with naloxone in 2017-18 because of reluctance among NHS providers to fund it...

Middlesbrough launches heroin-assisted treatment programme

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...has been organised and partially funded by Cleveland PCC Barry Coppinger, with further funding from Durham Tees Valley Community Rehabilitation Company and the Tees and Wear Prisons Group.  The scheme...

Make it stick

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...in there to give to others – targeting those high-population areas is really important.’ Inadequate supply Another alarming finding from the Release document was that only half of prisons and...

Risks of pregabalin and gabapentin

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...seeing the use of long-term, high-dose opiates. ‘It was then, four or five years ago, that we started hearing that, particularly in prisons, these drugs had a street value and...

Broadening the reach

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...the need to prioritise naloxone supply and awareness in hospitals, prisons, homeless hostels/shelters, as well as within ambulance services and across regional police forces. Homeless hostels and pharmacies remain key...