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Keep in touch with us via Facebook and Twitter! /DDNMagazine @DDNMagazine Contents editor’s letter ON THE COVER ‘With yet more evidence, can we justify standing still?’ PCCs call for change p6 4 H NEWS Increase hep C testing say MPs; Trump calls for death penalty for drug dealers. 6 STRONG ARM OF THE LAW 8 CLIMATE CHANGE PCCs lead the way in call for drug policy reform. It’s time to bring a DCR to Belfast, says Chris Rintoul. 10 LETTERS Unwanted interventions; Commissioning controversies. 11 CLINICAL EYE Don’t neglect yourself, says Ishbel Straker. 11 MEDIA SAVVY The news, and the skews, in the national media. 12 ALL OR NOTHING Is 12-step setting some people up to fail, asks Alex Boyt. 14 MAKING PATHWAYS How do commissioners tackle increasingly complex issues with less money? 16 A NEW FRONTIER Treatment needs to reach out to different groups, argues Paul North. ow far do you have to go to show that something’s a good idea, it’s cost effective, and that it works? We know that safe spaces, such as DCRs, save lives and that supporting instead of punishing is the only humane approach to drug policy. When leaders on the frontline of law enforcement raise their voices to tell us our current approach to drug policy is not only failing, but a ‘crazy waste of money’, surely politicians must listen (page 6). These are not isolated voices: the Royal Society for Public Health is among many organisations to back harm reduction initiatives such as consumption rooms and heroin-assisted treatment as a move towards evidence-based policy. Police officers were among the stakeholders to come together at a recent conference In Belfast on injecting drug use (page 8), and talked about the damage that law enforcement approaches can do to vulnerable people. If the support of the local police force is a critical factor in being able to establish DCRs in the UK, then surely we can’t be far off making them a reality in local areas. We’re all too familiar with the upward trends in drug-related deaths, so when we’re presented with yet more evidence that a policy change would be cost-effective as well as health-effective, how can we justify standing still? And with police, local government and the health and social care fields calling for a move from evidence to action, surely it’s time for every region to be clear and purposeful in getting on with it. 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 Adrian Sherratt / Alamy DDN is an independent publication, entirely funded by advertising. Supporting organisations: April 2018 | drinkanddrugsnews | 3