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IN THIS ISSUE

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ON THE COVER : buprenorphine prescribing

14

The need for quality The G-CHIME supported housing model of recovery
INSIDE
4 NEWS Deaths in treatment up ; alcohol ads threaten recovery
11 ENOUGH IS ENOUGH ! Uniting against stigma
11 LETTERS Finding the treatable moment 13 NALOXONE Broadening the reach
17 IMPACT OF MENOPAUSE Creating a supportive environment
20 PSYCHOACTIVES Help or hindrance ?
22 PARLIAMENT Alternatives to punishment
23 REVIEW OF THE YEAR
HRI Constellations reports

18 10 , 12 , 16 , 21

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Let ’ s rise to the challenges ahead

It ’ s been a while since we got together for ‘ live ’ debate , so what a treat to be given DDN sessions at HRI ’ s online Constellations event . We chose to focus on naloxone action , peer-led initiatives on hepatitis C , and two issues that have fired up our pages for many years – ensuring people are on the dose that suits them , and the all-important dialogue that moves way beyond the ‘ harm reduction v recovery ’ days and focuses on our collective assets and interests .
Our reports on pages 10 , 12 , 16 and 21 give a flavour of the will – and urgent need – to unite on these vital issues . The timing and the need to challenge spending cuts could not be more important , so please send us your thoughts and let ’ s keep up momentum .
Getting – and giving – the right dose means staying informed enough to make these decisions , so we ’ re excited to offer the first in an authoritative and independent three-parter on buprenorphine ( page 6 ). It ’ s part of our role to present the facts while giving you the forum to debate , question and offer vital lived experience to complete the picture . And as we take stock of the year that was ( p23 ), let ’ s be thankful for the will to communicate , which helps our sector rise to the challenges ahead . Have a happy and safe festive season and here ’ s to strong bonds between all of us in 2022 . Claire Brown , editor Keep in touch at www . drinkanddrugsnews . com and @ DDNmagazine
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