The March issue of Drink and Drug News (DDN) Magazine has been published, with this month’s key focus on the latest annual DDN conference, which had a specific focus on drug-related deaths.
The magazine states that delegates heard about keyworkers struggling with huge caseloads, and the state of constant recommissioning – identified by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) as a driving factor of drug-related deaths. There were reminders that funding will drop further. But the take-home messages were clear: there needs to be better integration between treatment services and the rest of the NHS, and we must do more to improve all-round physical and mental health.
One of the strongest messages was a simple one: ‘isolation kills’. Most of those dying are not in services. Many of those who get a brief window of opportunity for treatment (say, while they are in prison) are not receiving it because the system is not ready for them.