March issue of Drink and Drug News Magazine available online

The March issue of Drink and Drug News (DDN) Magazine has been published, with this month’s key focus on the latest annual DDN conference, which had a specific focus on drug-related deaths.

The magazine states that delegates heard about keyworkers struggling with huge caseloads, and the state of constant recommissioning – identified by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) as a driving factor of drug-related deaths. There were reminders that funding will drop further. But the take-home messages were clear: there needs to be better integration between treatment services and the rest of the NHS, and we must do more to improve all-round physical and mental health.

One of the strongest messages was a simple one: ‘isolation kills’. Most of those dying are not in services. Many of those who get a brief window of opportunity for treatment (say, while they are in prison) are not receiving it because the system is not ready for them.

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