Drink and Drugs News DDN July 2018 - Page 3

Keep in touch with us via Facebook and Twitter! /DDNMagazine @DDNMagazine Contents editor’s letter ON THE COVER Time for charities to meet the private sector? p6 4 NEWS Scotland records highest ever drug deaths again; Cannabis review launched. 6 PERFECT PARTNERS Charities should be reaching out to the private sector, says Eleanor Youdell. 8 PUNCTURING THE MYTHS? How useful is acupuncture, asks Natalie Davies. 10 A FOOT IN THE DOOR How a London service is providing proactive healthcare to the homeless. 12 HIGH STAKES Treatment for problem gambling can make a real difference, say Jody Lombardini and Danny Hames. 14 HIGH-RISK STRATEGY Patchy naloxone provision post release is risking prisoners’ lives, says John Jolly. 16 LETTERS AND COMMENT Minimum pricing in Wales; the AA debate rumbles on; prison problems. 17 LEGAL LINE Make your voice heard in the online prescribing debate, urges Nicole Ridgwell. 17 MEDIA SAVVY The news and the skews in the national media. ‘Partnerships have brought a culture change’ T ackling stigma is always a challenge, so we were interested to hear of Double Impact’s strategy to connect with business and employers (this month’s cover story). Looking at ways to raise funding, they worked hard to create productive partnerships with local businesses, which have not only opened up income streams but helped to bring about culture change. Their progress in creating meaningful employment opportunities and experience is heartening. Changing culture is proving as difficult as ever at policy level. Why is naloxone not being provided to prisoners on release, when drug- related deaths are the main cause of mortality during the first week of release (page 14)? How can we be going round in circles on tackling drug-related deaths when this straightforward intervention could save so many lives? As John Jolly says, ‘please NHS, help sort this out’. We have the knowledge and the kit to act on this now. One area where we need to build up knowledge quickly is around gambling addiction, and NHSSMPA’s article on page 12 shares the example of a clinic that provides much-needed help. And while we’re looking at different approaches to treatment, does acupuncture deserve a place in the treatment armoury? Natalie Davies examines its effectiveness on page 8. We’ve been delighted with the response to our first Wider Health supplement on alcohol in last month’s issue, and our feature from visiting a clinic at a homeless practice on page 10 demonstrates frontline holistic healthcare at its most effective. Have a great summer and see you in September! Claire Brown, editor Keep in touch at www.drinkanddrugsnews.com and @DDNmagazine Reporter: David Gilliver e: david@cjwellings.com Published by CJ Wellings Ltd, Romney House, School Road, Ashford, Kent TN27 0LT Editor: Claire Brown t: 01233 638 528 e: claire@cjwellings.com www.drinkanddrugsnews.com Advertising manager: Ian Ralph t: 01233 636 188 e: ian@cjwellings.com Designer: Jez Tucker e: jez@cjwellings.com Subscriptions: t: 01233 633 315 e: subs@cjwellings.com 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 SvetaZi / iStock DDN is an independent publication, entirely funded by advertising. Supporting organisations: July/August 2018 | drinkanddrugsnews | 3