Drink and Drugs News DDN November 2018 - Page 3

Keep in touch with us via Facebook and Twitter! /DDNMagazine @DDNMagazine Contents editor’s letter ON THE COVER ‘Never forget kindness in a results-driven age’ Sensitive support: a lifeline for sex workers p6 4 NEWS Canada legalises cannabis; time for an evidence-based alcohol strategy. 6 THE POWER OF CONNECTION N A sensitive approach is key, says the Sex Worker Outreach Project. 8 TREATMENT CRISIS Act now to stop rising buprenorphine costs, says Roz Gittins. 9 PAYING THE PRICE A look at the issues behind the buprenorphine price rise. 10 THE RIGHT FIX? Consumption rooms would be a luxury in an age of austerity, says Nick Goldstein. 12 MORE THAN NUMBERS Drug-related death figures map out deprivation, hears parliamentary group. 13 NEW OPTIONS ON NALOXONE Graham Parsons looks at the potential for intranasal naloxone. 14 EXCHANGE Just have the chat, say Addaction; Trevi House offers vital respite. 15 CLEAR STEER ON ALCOHOL Health organisations lobby for an alcohol strategy that’s fit for purpose. 16 ON THE RIGHT TRACK PHE’s Laura Pechey on keeping up to speed with drug-related harms. 17 EXPERIENCE COUNTS The 2019 Global Drug Survey wants to hear from you. 18 LETTERS AND COMMENT The truth behind statistics; about legalisation; urban recovery. 19 CLINICAL EYE We need to understand nurses’ motivation, says Ishbel Straker. 20 ENDNOTE A fond farewell to two heroes of harm reduction. DDN is published by CJ Wellings Ltd, Romney House, School Road, Ashford, Kent TN27 0LT t: 0845 299 3429 www.drinkanddrugsnews.com ever under-estimate the power of kindness and a safe space. The SWOP project featured in our cover story showcases the best kind of outreach – meeting people at the stage they’re at, offering comfort and safety first and foremost, and then providing the first links to a network of support. It’s a way of working, and a set of values, that we shouldn’t forget in this results-driven age. Outreach work can be so very undervalued as budget cuts bite, but without projects such as this many people would stay under the radar, scarred by trauma and unable to move on. As so many of you are striving to do your best with limited budgets it’s frustrating to see the spiralling costs of buprenorphine and extremely worrying to think about the effect on clients’ stability and progress. The issues behind the price increase are complicated (page 9) but we are in complete agreement with Roz Gittins (page 8) that the situation must be resolved as quickly as possible. Getting the medication right is among the many things we know will help to prevent drug-related deaths. After listening to the latest ONS figures, participants of a recent parliamentary meeting wanted more information around the personal stories of those who are recorded as statistics (page 12) – and we already know that austerity, homelessness and leaving prison without the right support are major contributors. We also know that a clear, evidence-based alcohol strategy could make a vast difference to many lives. The charter (page 15) gives measures that would improve treatment, find those in need of support and protect public health – all the while bringing a substantial return on investment and reducing the burden on the NHS. We hope that government will respond to this important document. Claire Brown, editor Keep in touch at www.drinkanddrugsnews.com and @DDNmagazine Editor: Claire Brown e: [email protected] Subscriptions: e: [email protected] Cover by Janine Wiedel Photolibrary / Alamy Stock Photo Advertising manager: Ian Ralph e: [email protected] website: www.drinkanddrugsnews.com CJ Wellings Ltd does not accept respon si bility for the accuracy of state ments made by contri bu t ors 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. Reporter: David Gilliver e: [email protected] Designer: Jez Tucker e: [email protected] Website support by wiredupwales.com Printed on environmentally friendly paper by the Manson Group Ltd DDN is an independent publication, entirely funded by advertising. Proud to work in partnership with: November 2018 | drinkanddrugsnews | 3