Month: November 2016

2016 Global State of Harm Reduction released

2016 Global State of Harm Reduction released

Since 2006 HRI has tracked a slow but steady expansion of services through its biennial Global State of Harm Reduction report. 2016 is the first year where no new countries have initiated NSPs. In some countries NSP and OST site provision has fallen since 2014.

Services to reduce drug-related harms are failing to keep up with growing need, despite pledges to combat AIDS among people who inject drugs

The drive to scale-up needle and syringe programmes and opioid substitution therapy for people who inject drugs has stalled, according to a new report released today by Harm Reduction International (HRI).

Despite a UN pledge to end AIDS by 2030, no new countries have established needle and syringe programmes (NSP) since 2014. Out of 158 countries where injecting drug use is reported, 68 still do not provide NSP, while opioid substitution therapy (OST) has been initiated in just three new countries (Monaco, Senegal and Kenya), bringing the total to 80.

Report author Katie Stone said: “The 2011 UN target to halve HIV among people who inject drugs by 2015 was missed by 80%. Now people who inject drugs are being ever further left behind. In addition, emerging trends such as rising rates of amphetamine injection and overdose death are likely to see the challenges intensify. Without increased political and financial leadership we will not end AIDS or meet other global goals relating to people who use drugs.”

Stop PIP!

Stop PIP!

Today the Scottish newspaper The Daily Record reported on a new site set up to campaign against the government’s Personal Independence Payment scheme. Many of you may have gone through a PIP assessment. I had one which I later found at a tribunal was conducted by a physiotherapist who knew nothing about mental health issues. Luckily I persevered through to a tribunal and 7 months later had the decision reversed. It took the DWP 5 days to write back to me telling me that they were appealing the decision made by a judge, GP and lay professional . The struggle continues.

The Stop PIP site is here.

Dual Diagnosis – New Drink and Drugs News

Dual Diagnosis – New Drink and Drugs News

The November issue of Drink and Drugs News has an excellent artcle about dual diagnosis, an interesting article from a CGL outreach worker about delivering naloxone kits to users on the street and an piece about an new drug, Selincro, originally produced as an opiate blocker but claimed to be effective in reducing consumption among dependent alcohol users.

Westminster Social Policy Forum Day Conference

Westminster Social Policy Forum Day Conference

There are still some places available at the above conference this Thursday 10th November.

Westminster Social Policy Forum Keynote Seminar

Implementing a revised drug strategy – key issues for recovery, substance misuse and integrating services


Peter Burkinshaw, Alcohol and Drug Treatment and Recovery Lead, Alcohol, Drug, and Tobacco Division, Health and Wellbeing Directorate, Public Health England;

Dr Paul Lelliott, Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals and Lead on Mental Health, CQC;

Dr Tim Millar, Senior Research Fellow and Addiction Research Strategy Lead, University of Manchester;

Majella Pearce, Deputy Head of Healthcare Inspection, HM Inspectorate of Prisons


Karen Biggs, Phoenix Futures; Dezlee Dennis, London Probation Community Rehabilitation Company; Dr Linda Harris, Spectrum Community Health CIC and NHS England; Ben Hughes, Essex County Council; Mark Johnson, User Voice and Dr Michael Kelleher, Lambeth Addictions Consortium

Chaired by:

Lord Mancroft, Trustee, Mentor Foundation UK and Naz Shah MP, Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration

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 Timing: Morning, Thursday, 10th November 2016

Venue: Central London

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BBC: Will ‘Consumption rooms’ help drug addiction?

A plan to set up the UK’s first consumption rooms to allow drug addicts to inject safely is likely to get the go-ahead.

Niamh Eastwood, Executive Director of drugs charity Release and Dr Neil McKeganey, Centre for Drug Misuse Research spoke to the Victoria Derbyshire programme.

See the full news report and unedited debate on BBC IPlayer from about 16.30 minutes here: