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Keep in touch with us via Facebook and Twitter! /DDNMagazine @DDNMagazine Contents editor’s letter ON THE COVER ‘People are missing out on engaging with healthcare’ Are we looking away from harm reduction? p6 4 NEWS Minimum pricing goes ahead; Big rise in numbers seeking treatment for crack. 6 8 ON A KNIFE EDGE Disinvestment in harm reduction services is failing clients. THE WORD ON THE STREETS HIT Hot Topics asks, is language fuelling a ‘war on drug users’? 10 THERE’S SOMETHING IN THE HEROIN Staying alert to the fentanyl threat. 11 I’M WORTH... Making hep C services fit for purpose – survey results. 12 A RISK TOO FAR GPs issue stark warning on recommissioning risks. 14 LEGAL LINE Latest CQC update for residential services from solicitor Nicole Ridgwell. 14 LETTERS AND COMMENT System failure; More Russell rage. Addaction celebrates 50-year anniversary. 16 REVIEW OF THE YEAR Record drug deaths mark another difficult year for the sector. 17 GLOBAL DRUG SURVEY 2018 Share your experiences with the world’s largest evidence bank. 18 STOPPING THE HURT Challenging the perpetrators of domestic violence. 19 STAY WITH IT Working with troubled youngsters is the focus of our iCAAD Knowledge Hub. 20 MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS George Allan signs off with some final thoughts on the sector. 21 MEDIA SAVVY The news, and the skews, in the national media. Reporter: David Gilliver e: [email protected] Published by CJ Wellings Ltd, Romney House, School Road, Ashford, Kent TN27 0LT Editor: Claire Brown t: 01233 638 528 e: [email protected] www.drinkanddrugsnews.com Advertising manager: Ian Ralph t: 01233 636 188 e: [email protected] Designer: Jez Tucker e: [email protected] A s 2017 draws to a close we look back at a year of diminishing budgets and record drug-related deaths (page 16). While local authorities get to grips with cutting £85m from public health spending, the ACMD warned that slashing drug treatment budgets is a ‘catalyst for disaster’. Throughout the year we have heard many evidence-based arguments for harm reduction initiatives. The call for supervised injection facilities is gathering momentum again, and there is continued progress on naloxone roll-out. But what about those working in harm reduction who feel they are fighting a losing battle (page 6)? Disinvestment in harm reduction in the UK is deeply damaging. Not only are we dismissing the rights of people in desperate need of services – we are driving away those who work with passion in the most difficult environments. The result is a deskilling of this vital workforce, as we patch up services and miss out on a huge (and cost effective) opportunity to help clients engage with healthcare. We opened a debate about commissioning in our last issue, following the ACMD’s call for longer retendering cycles. On page 12 we look at the effect of this on shared care – a disturbing picture of GPs stretched to breaking point trying to make sure patients don’t drop out of treatment. So it’s not been an easy year, but there are clear goals to fight for. We have an amazing bank of evidence in this field – let’s make sure it reaches those who need to hear it. Have a peaceful festive season and stay in touch with us as we gear up for a vigorous new year. We’ll be back in print on 5 February. Claire Brown, editor Keep in touch at www.drinkanddrugsnews.com and @DDNmagazine Subscriptions: t: 01233 633 315 e: [email protected] Website: www.drinkanddrugsnews.com Website support by wiredupwales.com CJ Wellings Ltd does not accept respon si bility for the accuracy of state ments made by contributors or advertisers. The contents of this magazine are the copyright of CJ Wellings Ltd, but do not necess arily represent its views, or those of its partner organisations. Printed on environmentally friendly paper by the Manson Group Ltd Cover by Scene_It DDN is an independent publication, entirely funded by advertising. Supporting organisations: December/January 2018 | drinkanddrugsnews | 3