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THROUGHOUT – Many Roads , the 15th DDN Conference


harm reduction
Commissioning in criminal justice
4 NEWS Calls for shift to public health ; Scottish drugs deaths down
6 CALLING OUT STIGMA AT DDN 10 PARTNERSHIP WORKING AT DDN 14 NALOXONE The story so far 16 WOMEN ’ S SUPPORT Tailored help 20 THE BIG CONVERSATION AT DDN 27 CAREERS Language and social work 27 LETTERS Your shout 32 DIGITAL PATH New routes to support
Getting Naloxone out there

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‘ The Hep C U Later team had a great time , there was so much interest in hep C elimination which was wonderful for us , and I don ’ t think I ’ ve ever spoken to that many people in one day before .’ Deanne Burch , Hep C U Later
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Remember how much impact we can have

As we go to press on this issue it ’ s International Overdose Awareness Day and we ’ re never far from thinking about everyone we ’ ve lost . Our collective efforts on harm reduction will make the world a safer place – from collaborative commissioning ( p18 ) to distributing naloxone ( p14 and 24 ). This issue ’ s articles remind us of the struggles , but demonstrate how much impact we can have .
The conference coverage – and pics ! – are not just a souvenir of a grand day out in Birmingham , although it was wonderful to see everyone . The level of engagement and participation was extraordinary , even with such exceptional speakers . The Big Conversation ( p20 ) not only gave us a snapshot of experiences across the country but also many thoughtful and constructive ideas . It absolutely confirmed that there are many roads to doing things – in the way that matters to each of us .
Putting on an event of this nature is hard work for all involved and we would like to thank everybody who gave their time to be a part of it , from the consultation on the programme to support and participation on the day . Please help us to strive for more by giving us feedback on your experience at https :// bit . ly / 3Z369Pg
Claire Brown , editor www . drinkanddrugsnews . com and @ DDNmagazine