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Findings logo has gained an enthusiastic following and an international reputation among researchers and practitioners. Site users value the unique focus on how to maximise the benefits for their clients, patients and communities, and the combination of analytic quality allied with practicality and readability. Below some of the compliments paid to the project. Also available results of the latest site user survey and a chart of the growth in reads of our research analyses and other documents.

Most recent comments first in both columns. Earlier comments date back to when Drug and Alcohol Findings disseminated its analyses via a magazine. Titles, positions and affiliations are as at the time of the comment unless specified otherwise. Occasionally when referring to different aspects of the service there are two comments from the same contributor; otherwise several comments from the same contributor will have been amalgamated. Only comments we have received permission to publish and attribute are listed. An anonymised and complete list of comments made in response to the latest user survey is available. Comments should be understood as personal and not representing the views of affiliated bodies unless indicated otherwise.

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“We are meeting regularly to look at some of the hot topics on the website and to read, evaluate, synthesise and discuss the literature from this resource. I have used this resource for some time and I think it will be more user friendly for staff and helpful than looking at original source material. It is fantastic – I just wanted to say thank you and let you know what we are doing with it.”
Matthew Gaskell Consultant Psychologist & Clinical Lead, Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, England

“Amazing information and work.”
Julian Mockridge Acting hub manager, East London NHS Foundation Trust, England and Staff Governor, Path to Recovery (P2R), England

“I refer people to your site every day – it is an incredible resource that would be very hard to replace … I look forward to reading more of the incisive commentary.”
Shaun Shelly Department of Family Medicine, University of Pretoria, South Africa and Deputy Secretary, United Nations Vienna NGO Committee on Narcotic Drugs

“Great overview [Drug Treatment Matrix row 2] of important treatment delivery fundamentals.”
Ireland Chapter of The International Nurses Society on Addictions

“I just wanted to say that I found this cell [of the Drug Treatment Matrix] and especially the commentary incredibly useful and brilliantly written.”
Renato Masetti Training Co-ordinator, Health Outreach, North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, England

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Dr Richard Earle Managing Director, Canadian Institute of Stress, Canada

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Wayne Gault Lead Officer, Aberdeenshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership, Scotland

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Dr Lyn Williams Organisational and management development professional, UK

“This is an excellent service – clear and concise reviews of evidence. Invaluable to all involved in the drug and alcohol field.”
Joyce Nicholson Lecturer on drug and alcohol programmes, University of Glasgow, Scotland

“This is an excellent review [of a parent-child substance use prevention programme]. Very thorough and insightful and whoever was involved in doing this should be rightly proud.”
Dr Wolfgang A. Markham University of Warwick School of Health and Social Studies, England

“This is a really brilliant analysis!”
Professor Susanne MacGregor London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, England

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Trevor McCarthy Independent Consultant, England and former alcohol policy lead, National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, England

“I live in the US and there just really isn’t any comparable resource for well synthesized evidence-based practice information available through our various federal, state, or local administrations. Thank you!”
Ryan Wythe Quality Improvement Specialist, substance use, Central City Concern, USA

“Wonderful. Distilled information. Sifting through the mass of info to give us the core message with commentary to guide us on how credible the research is.”
Dr Fiona Spence specialty doctor, Integrated Alcohol Service, Royal Cornhill Hospital, Aberdeen, Scotland

“Having up to date research on tap like this is a fantastic support.”
Andi Ross Counselling Practice Co-ordinator, Orkney Alcohol Counselling and Advisory Service, Scotland

“Fantastic resource making research available for organisations who don’t have access – cost, time, systems – to trawl new publications; and great resource for staff induction and training.”
Maggie Telfer Chief Executive Officer, Bristol Drugs Project, England

“You’re doing brilliantly!!!! Life and learning are made very easy. Thank you.”
Sue Gardner consultant clinical psychologist, England

“Your work is an enormous help for me to get well-prepared, commented compilations and overviews of central topics around the addictions, often with the possibility to download relevant materials. It’s also a great help to easily contact authors for reprint requests. I’m reading all mails you are sending. You are doing a great job!”
Professor Joachim Koerkel Department of Psychology, University of Applied Sciences, Nürnberg, Germany

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Pollock Boyd North Lanarkshire Council, Scotland

“Have just re-read this article [harm reduction hot topic] and was struck again by how thoughtful and accurate it is. For those of us who have lived and worked through the changes the article discusses, it summarises perfectly how we have got to where we are today.”
Renato Masetti Training Co-ordinator, Health Outreach, North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, England

“Eye opening article [What is addiction treatment for?].”
Mick McManus Alcohol Co-ordinator, Substance Misuse Strategy Team, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, England

“Superb long read from @mike_ashton_ on evidence based commissioning.”
Oliver Standing Director of Policy and Communications, Adfam, England

“I am using your Matrices for all the medical students I am lecturing, guiding them there as the No. 1 resource they should go to on matters of drug and alcohol use … So thanks for an unparalleled resource!”
Shaun Shelly Addictions Division, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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Renato Masetti Training Co-ordinator, Health Outreach, North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, England

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Dr Ian Paylor Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Convenor BA (Hons) Social Work Degree, Lancaster University, England

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O. Mack Learning and Development Advisor, Addaction, England

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Paul Hayes former chief executive, National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, England and later project leader, Collective Voice, England

“Saves no end of searching; your précis writer/s is/are excellent; the stuff is germane clinically, and sometimes useful to remind the most senior management of factors other than accountancy.”
Dr Gary Reynolds Chief Medical Officer and accredited prescriber, Drug Health, Canterbury Hospital, NSW Health Service, Australia

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Dr Sandy Francis lecturer, Action on Addiction and University of Bath, England and psychological therapist and supervisor, National Health Service, England

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Kym Barlow Service Improvement Co-ordinator, Community Drug and Alcohol Team, Carmarthen, Wales

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Deborah Arthur case manager, Magistrate’s Early Referral into Treatment (MERIT) programme, NSW Health, Australia

“Saves me huge amounts of time reviewing and condensing research that directly affects my clients … Many times more helpful than the source content.”
Greg Hoffman Director, GO SOBER, Longmont, Colorado, USA

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Great summary! I really enjoyed reading it and found the commentary on the study excellent and thought provoking … I really enjoy your site and find it the best summary that is out there about alcohol treatment.”
Professor Jon Morgenstern Director, Substance Abuse Services, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University, USA

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Jim Sherval Deputy Director of Public Health, NHS Lothian, Scotland

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Dr Don C. Des Jarlais National Development and Research Institutes, Inc., USA

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Dr Rosie Winyard Senior Nurse and Service Manager, CAMHS Specialist Substance Misuse Service, East London NHS Foundation Trust, England

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Paul Davison non-medical prescriber, Contact drug and alcohol service, South Tyneside, England

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Danny Kiely Manager, Co-Morbidity Services, Department of Corrective Services, Western Australia, Australia

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Matty Caine final year nursing student (mental health), UK

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Tim Morrison substance misuse trainer, independent, UK

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Claire Brown Editor, Drink and Drugs News, UK

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Nielsen Leahy Alcohol Peer Support and Aftercare Lead, Torbay Primary Care Alcohol Services, England

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John Arthur National Director, Crew 2000, Scotland

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Michael Greenhut former Vice-Chair, Montgomery County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Advisory Council, Maryland, USA

“One of my best finds in the ten years I have worked in substance misuse. Articles have depth and discussed in a way which would appeal to all within the field. Drug and Alcohol Findings has guided me as a practitioner, therapist, manager and reviewing and developing of services. Manners Matter was refreshing and inspiring, it encouraged me to remain forthright in my views on the treatment of service users and assisted in my pursuit of client-centred services and workforce.”
Tony McCready practitioner, therapist, and service manager, UK

“I thought it was a really, really excellent review of the evidence [on relationship between pupil engagement in schools and substance use].”
Dr Chris Bonell London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, England

“I think your article “My Way or Yours” is excellent.”
Don Phillips , USA

“I really liked your article. Nice discussion of the research.”
John J. Novo Valley Medical Group, Florence, USA

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Dr Andrew Rosenblum Director, National Development and Research Institutes, USA

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Dr James McKay University of Pennsylvania Treatment Research Center, USA

“Excellent 4th part [of series on needle exchange] … well done again for both great writing and (even more important) superb summarising and pulling things together: it is a vital art, and you are a real master at it.”
Professor Richard Velleman Director of Development and Research, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, England

“Excellent ... congratulations on such thorough work [concluding part of series on needle exchange].”
Dr Holly Hagan National Development and Research Institutes, USA

“The series on needle exchange was great, and an excellent summary of the work to date.”
Dr Karen McElrath Lecturer in Addictive Behaviours, Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland

“Far and away the best summary of the addiction literature out there … have recommended it to colleagues over here in the States. Just terrific.”
Dr John Kelly Center for Health Care Evaluation, Stanford University, USA

“Excellent! You wrote beautifully, and above all, you touched the soul of my work. Thank you!”
Zhiwei Zhang University of Chicago, USA

“As a group of commissioners leading service change in the drug and alcohol field, we have found Drug and Alcohol Findings an accessible gateway to research. It has helped us sift relevant research and identify evidence from around the world that has significantly informed our change processes. Findings is an essential tool and one I would commend highly to colleagues.”
Gary Wallace Manager, Plymouth Drug and Alcohol Action Team, England

Findings is a superb publication. I fully support what you are trying to do.”
Dr Lawrie Elliott Director of Research, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee, Scotland

“Great piece of work [on national US treatment evaluation] and hugely helpful.”
Dr David McCartney Clinical Lead, Lothians & Edinburgh Abstinence Programme, Scotland

“The DATOS team is grateful for the thorough and well-balanced review of our research program. Such a comprehensive and integrative commentary on this type of complex project is rare. It offers particular value for clinical audiences and public policy makers, who are less inclined to read the peer-reviewed scientific literature.”
Professor D. Dwayne Simpson Director, Institute of Behavioral Research, Texas Christian University, USA

“A tremendous help to those of us who can be described as ‘overworked, underpaid and over-monitored’.”
Nick Tegerdine Executive Director, Alcohol Problems Advisory Service, England

“By far the most useful and readable publication in the field.”
Dr Luke Mitcheson Consultant Clinical Psychologist, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, England

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Francis Rocha Crime Reduction Initiatives, England

“A great UK journal which connects science and practice of harm reduction.”
Chicago Recovery Alliance, USA

“Congratulations on yet another superb issue of Drug and Alcohol Findings.”
Jim Sherval Centre for HIV/AIDS and Drug Studies, Edinburgh, Scotland

“I have read your article re Life Skills Training in the recent issue of Findings with great interest. You did a great job!”
Dr Reiner Hanewinkel Institute for Therapy and Health Research, Kiel, Germany

“Congratulations on the drug education article – it adds substantially to the debate.”
Richard Ives educaRI, England

“Findings is excellent and heavily influenced our new policy. ”
Nick Royle Drug Strategy Coordinator, Scottish Prison Service, Scotland

“Firstly I should like to congratulate on another edition of Findings. On the basis of the first two editions [1; 2) I think you have achieved your aim of providing research information for the field in an easily digestible form which makes tackling the original sources less daunting for the busy practitioner.”
Paul Wells Team Leader, Coventry Community Drug Team, England

“As an aid to promoting cost effective interventions, this new publication is essential reading. The focus on the practical implications of research in the alcohol and drug fields provides social workers and commissioners with relevant information they require to help make decisions about effective practice.”
John Dixon Chair of the drug and alcohol group, Association of Directors of Social Services, England and Director of Social Services, West Sussex County Council, England

“Just the sort of thing our treatment centres need to help them improve their services by taking account of the latest research.”
Simon Shepherd Chief Executive, Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals, England

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Ollie Batchelor Training, Advice, Help and Research in Addictions (TAHRA), England

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Susie Harries Project Director, RSA Commission on Illegal Drugs, Communities and Public Policy, England

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Lawrence Singer Assistant Chief Probation Officer, Merseyside Probation Service, England

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Professor Thomas Babor Principal Investigator, Project MATCH Coordinating Center, USA

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Kristina Bird Manager, National HIV Prevention Information Service, Health Education Authority, England

Findings is a serious and considered attempt at making the link between research and practice. It is clear that this publication will make an important contribution to the development of effective services to tackle drug misuse problems.”
Jerry Sutton Chief Executive, Inward House Projects, England

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Don Lavoie Associate Director, Substance Misuse Advisory Service, England

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Dr David Marjot Medical Council on Alcohol, England

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Dr Richard Earle Managing Director, Canadian Institute of Stress, Canada

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Marion Rackard Project Manager, HSE Alcohol Programme, Ireland

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Dr Richard Earle Managing Director, Canadian Institute of Stress, Canada

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Excellent article summarising the [UK clinical guidelines on drug treatment] and outlining the complexities within them, acknowledging that these are unprecedented times of reduced funding, more complex needs, at times leading to premature death. It acknowledges the power dynamic between service users and clinicians, attempting to follow guidelines, service user choice and political ambition. I really appreciate having access to this summary.”
Bec Davison Director of Quality, Change, Grow, Live, England

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Dr Anne Whittaker Senior Lecturer/Reader, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care, Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland and Substance Misuse Directorate, NHS Lothian, Scotland

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Michael Wheatley Senior Manager – Substance Misuse Services, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, England

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Professor Keith Humphreys Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, USA and Senior Research Career Scientist, VA Health Services Research Center, Palo Alto, USA

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Professor Richard Velleman Emeritus Professor of Mental Health Research, University of Bath, England and Senior Research Fellow, Sangath Community Health NGO, Goa, India

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Chris Purnell Drug and Alcohol Task Force Co-ordinator, Ireland

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Gill Unstead Commissioning Manager, Devon Drug and Alcohol Action Team, England

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Dr Jeffrey T. Junig Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Medical College of Wisconsin, USA and founder, Suboxone Talk Zone and SuboxForum, USA

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Ashley Koning Project lead, National Addiction Workforce Development Centre, New Zealand

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[Name supplied but anonymity requested] South & West Devon Drug & Alcohol Service, England

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Austin Smith Policy & Practice Officer, Scottish Drugs Forum, Scotland

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Dr John F. Kelly Associate Professor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, USA and Associate Director, MGH-Harvard Center for Addiction Medicine, USA

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Liv Langberg Drammen Council Drug Addiction Prevention Centre, Norway

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Ira Unell Coordinator, Leicestershire Community Drug and Alcohol Services, England

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Bob Dunkley pharmacist, Leeds, England

“Excellent review of the literature [of relationship between pupil engagement in schools and substance use] which will be of great use to researchers.”
Dr Adam Fletcher London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, England

“It’s a great summary [of matching therapeutic style to the patient] and I am pleased that this work will find an audience in the treatment community.”
Dr Mitchell Karno Director of Alcohol Studies and Associate Research Psychologist, UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, USA

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Mike McCarron formerly Coordinator, Scottish Alcohol and Drug Action Team Association, Scotland

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Dr William L. White Senior Research Consultant, Chestnut Health Systems, USA

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Greg Martin National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, Australia

“We need something like this for the USA! I really like the compact text and the breakout Nuggets and the clarity. Now this is the kind of thing field practitioners can actually use. Mike is about as agenda-free as anyone I’ve ever met and enormously skillful at distilling research findings.”
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Jean Wyldbore Local Alcohol and Drug Action Plan and Community Strengthening Initiative, Victoria, Australia

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David McDonald Consultant in social research and evaluation, Australia and member of the Board of Directors of the Alcohol & Other Drugs Council of Australia, Australia

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Dr A. Thomas McLellan Director, Treatment Research Institute, Philadelphia, USA and editor, Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment

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Professor Neil Hunt Lecturer in Addictive Behaviours, Kent Institute for Medicine and Health Sciences, England

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Dr Ali Judd Centre for Research on Drugs and Health Behaviour, England

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Jenny Kelsall VIVAIDS Inc., Victorian Drug User Organisation, Peer Education and Prison Overdose Prevention Program, Australia

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Dr Karol Kumpfer University of Utah and originator of the Strengthening Families Program, USA

“When Findings has addressed drug education, they have done so with their usual care and attention to detail, and have been ready to consult educators in their quest to move understanding forward. Education is not a quick easy panacea to future drug problems and needs the expertise to scrutinise research that Findings offers.”
Adrian King drug and health education specialist teacher, England

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Mike McCarron Greater Glasgow Drug Action Team, Scotland

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Andrew Bennett Director, HIT, England

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Kevin Irwin Department of Public Health, Yale University, USA

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Russ Hayton Clinical and Service Governance Manager, Plymouth Drug and Alcohol Action Team, England

“I was impressed with your astute selection of issues covered … and particularly appreciated the applications you make of these findings. The overview of Doug Anglin’s work was excellent because of the way pieces were pulled together and integrated for the reader.”
Professor D. Dwayne Simpson Director, Institute of Behavioral Research, Texas Christian University, USA

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Professor Ann M. Roche Director, National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction, Australia

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Barbara Elliott formerly director, Accept Services, London, England

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Dr Laurence Gruer Director of Public Health Science, Health Scotland, Scotland

“I read your article on Life Skills Training with great interest. You did a great job!”
Dr Reiner Hanewinkel Institute for Therapy and Health Research, Germany

“I’m really impressed with issues 1 and 2 – just what the field needs.”
Richard Elliott Coordinator, South West Drug Services Audit Project, England

“Outstanding! I find (or make) so little time to read papers these days so I read issue 2 cover to cover yesterday. It was great, superb … You’ve done NTORS proud as well.”
Dr John Marsden National Addiction Centre , England

Lorraine Hewitt Director, Stockwell Project, England and member, Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, UK

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Dr John Kemm Public Health Physician, writing in Addiction Today

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Dr Rod MacQueen Staff addiction medicine specialist, Lyndon Withdrawal Unit, Bloomfield Hospital, Australia

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Professor Griffith Edwards Editor, Addiction journal, England

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Phil Willan Regional Manager, Drugs Prevention Advisory Service, England

“Many congratulations on issue one of Findings! I and others in my organisation, have found it very informative and highly readable. As someone responsible for R&D in substance misuse/addictions it has provided me with an excellent resource.”
Kim Clarke Research Coordinator, Substance Misuse & HIV/Addictions Division, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, England