Addictions Edited: the monthly take-home


The naloxone special

Season 1, Ep. 11

For this special episode, Rob visits a London treatment service to talk to Martin McCusker from Lambeth Service User Council and Dr Martin Sefranek a substance misuse worker and researcher and Dr Rebecca McDonald an addictions researcher who joins them on zoom from Oslo.

The podcast covers several key issues relating to naloxone, including how it works, how to administer it, legal implications and the latest research. They talk about the role of naloxone in reducing drug-related deaths in the UK and the implications for drug policy.

They also discuss how to encourage people who use drugs to carry naloxone and the reasons why some people might not. Martin McCusker and Martin Sefranek talk about training people to use naloxone. And in particular their work with family and parents.

“You always call the ambulance, but then …. you are counting the minutes or seconds yeah, but if you have naloxone you can do something more. And I think for these parents it was important to know that this is something they can do.” – Martin Sefranek

“We’ve had really positive interactions between people and police …where they’ve been stopped and searched and it’s been a tense situation but then the naloxone is found and the whole vibe of the search changes.” – Martin McCusker

“There is the estimate that two-thirds of overdoses could be prevented, but this very much relies on people not using on their own.” - Rebecca McDonald

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Supporting people into employment: 'IPS into work' with WDP

Season 1, Ep. 12
Rob talks to WDP about the challenges and rewards of running an IPS employment support programme. In this episode of Addictions Edited, Rob looks at how addiction treatment services can help people to find and keep employment. Recorded on 20 March 2022, Rob met three people who work in WDP’s Individual Placement and Support service (IPS Into Work); Rebecca Odedra, Harj Bansil and Claire Bowey. They each talked about finding jobs, the range of jobs they work with and how they deal with potentially stigmatising views when talking to employers. As well as the challenges, they also talk about how rewarding their work can be when helping people in their recovery. Rebecca discusses how IPS was adapted from mental health settings, how it is evaluated and their experiences of fidelity rating. “You’ve got people who may have been unemployed for 10 sometimes 20 years, so that is a huge step for them and it’s such an achievement and it’s just nice to be a part of that and help people realise their goals” Claire Bowey“What really appealed to me about the IPS model, was that it did not discriminate, it wasn’t someone telling service users that you have to be well to be working, it was very much based on their motivation and then developing the right support around them to foster successful outcomes” Harj BansilUseful links: About IPS: website: Into Work: Into Work Impact Report 2019-2021: