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To keep pace with the times, we have relaunched our magazine as a blogging platform and virtual resource for all those working in London to reduce drug and alcohol-related harm and ‘build recovery in communities’. Read more...


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May/June 2014

LDAN News May June 2014 cover

The May/June 2014 issue of LDAN News leads on the implementation of the Alcohol Abstinence and Monitoring Requirement (AAMR) pilot, which is getting underway in four London boroughs in July. It profiles the NEXT Project, a specialist education, training and employment service for people with experience of substance misuse problems, and Rape Crisis South London and their work supporting female survivors of sexual violence. It also looks at Adfam’s new report Medications in drug treatment: Tackling the risks to children.

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March/April 2014

LDAN News cover March April 2014

The March/April 2014 issue of LDAN News reports on new LDAN research on pathways into paid employment for people recovering from drug and/or alcohol dependency. It also reports on research published in the British Medical Journal which raises concerns about the use of public health money by local authorities “to plug gaps caused by government budget cuts”. It includes a special report by Helen Giles of St. Mungo’s Broadway on the impact of retendering and recommissioning on staff pay, engagement and skills, and profiles Depaul UK’s Nightstop London service. It also reports on the ‘Discover Recovery’ event held in Camden in March.

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January/February 2014

LDAN News cover Jan Feb 2014

The first issue of LDAN News for 2014 leads on the forthcoming ban on khat, and looks at work being done to prepare for this in London. It also looks at the second Mayoral strategy addressing violence against women and girls, published by MOPAC, and at new research from AVA and Solace Women’s Aid on access to refuges in London for women with substance use and/or mental health problems. It includes a report on the LDAN/Public Health England London Service Providers Forum, and a special report on older people and substance misuse

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November/December 2013

LDAN news cover Nov Dec 2013

The November/December issue reports interim findings from DrugScope’s ‘State of the Sector’ research, conducted on behalf of the Recovery Partnership. It also looks at the latest drug treatment statistics and on the review of the women’s custodial estate, published by the Ministry of Justice. It includes a report on DrugScope’s 2013 conference, on Women in Prison’s services in London for women in contact with the criminal justice system, and on drug and alcohol services in Ealing.

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September/October 2013

LDAN News Sept/Oct 2013


The September/October issue of LDAN News leads with the introduction of Universal Credit in parts of London, and looks at the potential impact on those with drug and alcohol problems. It also highlights a new ‘state of the sector’ survey from LDAN/DrugScope, and looks at a new report on tuberculosis from Public Health England, as well as the latest ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’ announcements from the Ministry of Justice. It includes a special report on the London Families Network, for family members of those with drug and/or alcohol problems and practitioners from family support services, and profiles the Sex Workers into Sexual Health (SWISH) project.

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July/August 2013

LDAN news july August 2013

The July/August issue of LDAN News is a special edition, focusing on DrugScope and AVA’s recently published report The Challenge of Change: Improving services for women involved in prostitution and substance use. The front page article reports on the two report launch events, held at the House of Lords and City Hall in July; Kelly McSorley, one of the report’s peer researchers, also writes about her experience of conducting interviews for the study, and LDAN/DrugScope’s policy officer, Gemma Lousley, writes about the report findings and recommendations. There are also articles on forthcoming research from Eaves on women involved in prostitution and problematic alcohol use, and service profiles from Eaves, Blenheim, DASL and nia.

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May /June 2013

LDAN News May June13



A new LDAN survey – conducted in collaboration with the London Drug and Alcohol Policy Forum – has revealed that the public health reforms implemented from the beginning of April 2013 have been accompanied by a squeeze on staff teams responsible for commissioning drug and alcohol services and a reduction in their capacity across a number of London boroughs. This issue also looks at homelessness and health.

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March /April 2013

LDAN news March 2013

The March/April issue of LDAN News looks at the demise of the London Health Improvement Board, and the introduction of the London Health Board, from April 2013, in its place. It also reports on the final event of the LDAN Domestic Violence project, and the first ever Recovery Festival, which took place in London in March. It looks at the Men and Masculinities programme for perpetrators of domestic violence with drug and alcohol problems, and provides a policy update on the Police and Crime Plan for London and new guidance for Health and Wellbeing Boards.

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January/February 2013

LDAN news Jan Feb2013

The latest edition of LDAN News reports on plans to introduce a compulsory abstinence scheme for offenders in London modelled on the HOPE project in the United States. It visits the London Borough of Islington for a tour of its drug services, and talks to Simon Vallance about managing the FOCUS programme for offenders. This issue also includes a policy update on welfare reform and discusses a new report challenging common misperceptions about intergenerational worklessness and the "culture of dependency".

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November/December 2012

LDAN news sept oct 12

The November/December edition of LDAN News focuses on club drugs and the way services in London are shaping up in response to changing drug habits. The main articles takes in the work of the new club drug clinic in the borough of Haringey, while the issues also feature an article by Monty Mocrieff, CEO of London Friend, on the challenges of setting up a LGBT club drug clinic. The issue also reports the latest DrugScope conference, while a tour of services in Hackney is featured.

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September/October 2012

LDAN news sept oct 12

The September/October edition of LDAN News leads with a story raising doubts over the future of the London Health Improvement Board. The issue also contains a London specific round-up of a DrugScope members’ public health survey, a tour of Southwark with Iain Gray of the local DAAT, while Alesa Rahman, project coordinator at DASL’s Women on the Streets service, reflects on the challenges facing east London following the Olympics.

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July/August 2012

LDAN News July Aug 12

The latest edition of LDAN News features articles on the Hep C challenge for London, the latest London Council funding priorities following their recent consultation, and the launch of St Mungo’s Rebuilding Shattered Lives campaign. The edition also includes a look at the annual update of the Government’s Drug Strategy, and reports on DASL’s Silver Lining service.

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May/June 2012

LDAN news May 2012

The May/June edition of LDAN News takes a look at the worsening state for Homelessness in the capital, and reviews the latest Stonewall Gay and Bisexual Men’s Health Survey and the effects of drug and alcohol use for gay men. Other news stories include cannabis cultivation in the city, and an update on the Troubled Families initiative.

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March/April 2012

LDAN news March 2012

The March/April edition features interviews with the London Mayoral candidates as we get their views on drug and alcohol issues ahead of the election. Other stories include proposals for alcohol sobriety orders in the capital, plus news from the latest Mixmag clubbers survey and reports of rising TB rates in London.

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Other news:



MOPAC cover

DrugScope/LDAN responds to the London Mayor’s consultation on addressing violence against women and girls. The response highlights the importance of substance misuse in domestic violence and involvement in prostitution’

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Homelessness Report cover

Making connections to build recovery: London Drug and Alcohol Network Homelessness Project Report

LDAN has produced a report on homelessness (PDF) providing an overview and update of key issues for policy and practice, and summarising some of the topics explored at the LDAN forums, as well as highlighting innovations in meeting the needs of rough sleepers and homeless individuals with histories of dependency and complex needs. It also provides directions to the resources accrued over the lifetime of the project, which will remain on the LDAN website for the continued benefit of project participants and others.

Challenge of Change report cover

A joint project between DrugScope and AVA (Against Violence and Abuse), funded by the Pilgrim Trust, the Challenge of Change research study has focused on policy and practice to address the drug and alcohol treatment needs of women involved in street-based prostitution.


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Find out more about the project here

Police CRime Commissioners Briefing

DrugScope/LDAN have produced a new briefing explaining how the arrival of Elected Police and Crime Commissioners might impact the drug and alcohol sector. While elections for most of the police forces across England aren’t due to take place until November, the transition happened in the capital at the beginning of the year, with the Mayor assuming the responsibilities of Police and Crime Commissioners. Day to day responsibilities will rest with the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime currently chaired by the deputy Mayor Kit Malthouse.


To see the briefing, follow this link: http://tiny.cc/LDAN_PCC


















March 2012 - DrugScope/LDAN and eATA merger

DrugScope /LDAN have announced that it will be merging with eATA, a charity and membership body that represents voluntary and independent treatment services.

Announcing the planned merger, Steve Cooke, Chair of the eATA Board of Trustees said:

“By joining forces with DrugScope we can create an even stronger voice for the whole sector while maximising cost efficiencies and long term sustainability.”

In recent months, eATA has been working closely with the Recovery Partnership (DrugScope, the Recovery Group UK and the Substance Misuse Skills Consortium) through an ‘Expert Group’ on residential rehabilitation.