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UPFRONT Drink and Drugs News is published by CJ Wellings Ltd, Romney House, School Road, Ashford, Kent TN27 0LT t: 0845 299 3429 Editor: Claire Brown e: Advertising manager: Ian Ralph e: Reporter: David Gilliver e: Designer: Jez Tucker e: Subscriptions: e: website: Website support by Printed on environmentally friendly paper by the Manson Group Ltd Cover by: Darren Staples / Alamy CJ Wellings Ltd does not accept responsibility for the accuracy of statements made by contributors or advertisers. The contents of this magazine are the copyright of CJ Wellings Ltd, but do not necessarily represent its views, or those of its partner organisations. IN THIS ISSUE COVER STORY: Housing the homeless 10 We need to talk about pleasure 6 Alcohol treatment and austerity INSIDE 4 NEWS Government scraps PHE; status of ‘poppers’ under review 12 MOTHER OF INVENTION Has COVID led to more service user choice? 15 BE ACTIVE! Ideas from peer networks for Overdose Awareness Day 18 BILL NELLES Doctor wars part three: the arrival of the NTA and what came next 19 OVERDOSE AWARE Forward’s support for most at risk 20 CENTRE OF WELLBEING Launching a recovery enterprise in Derby 21 PHOENIX’S FUTURE A new strategy In tune with nature 8 16 STAYING STRONG IN PARTNERSHIP Find the resources to stay ahead of coronavirus from the DDN partners and community at We are especially grateful to our network of partners at this difficult time and thank each and every one of them for their loyal support. DDN is a self-funded independent publication. Our bespoke partnership packages provide an opportunity to work closely with the magazine. Please get in touch to find out more. ‘Will we make the most of this opportunity?’ ‘IT’S ABOUT GIVING PEOPLE MUCH MORE POWER over the choices they make.’ Service providers are telling us that six months into lockdown, there are opportunities in the ‘new normal’ (p12). One of the most exciting prospects is the government’s pledge to ‘end rough sleeping for good’ (p6). Will we get the next steps right to make the most of what Dame Louise Casey calls an ‘extraordinary opportunity’? Hearing from peer networks (p15) highlights the resources we have for informing treatment – what could be more effective than learning from the experts? Overdose Awareness Day should teach us that harm reduction is not an optional extra, but a matter of life over death. Stigma at home and abroad is standing in the way of essential progress and we must be receptive to wherever we can bring this expertise to the heart of the treatment system. The new Staywell centre in Derby (page 20) is an enterprise that’s using lived experience to great effect, working alongside overstretched treatment services to offer many dimensions to recovery and wellbeing – what Recovery Month is all about. And alongside all the ideas, here’s a thought: do we consider the fact that taking drugs can feel rather nice? I’ll leave you with Nick Goldstein’s article on p10. Claire Brown, editor Keep in touch at and @DDNmagazine WWW.DRINKANDDRUGSNEWS.COM SEPTEMBER 2020 • DRINK AND DRUGS NEWS • 3