Huseyin Djemil has extensive media experience across national and local TV & radio including BBC News, Channel 4, BBC Radio Berkshire, BBC Radio Oxford. He is available to comment on the following areas:

  • Drug & alcohol addiction
  • Living in recovery from addiction and helping others make progress in their own recovery
  • Improving / developing drug and alcohol services e.g. single services, groups of services (public, private and charity / third sector)
  • Working with commissioners to improve / develop commissioned services, make them recovery focused, save money, improve outcomes & develop bespoke payment by results etc
  • Reducing the supply of drugs – working with police force areas and linking supply reduction activity into treatment outcomes
  • Prisons – drug & alcohol treatments services and supply reduction in prisons
  • Legalisation
  • Linking recovery to entrepreneurial activity
  • Bringing together and working with different strands of recovery including faith based and secular
  • Legal highs
  • Residential rehab
  • Community initiatives

Henley resident launches local service to support people in recovery from drug & alcohol addiction. Press release here.


Addiction recovery help service revamped (Henley Standard August 2018)
“We help people by identifying their skills and abilities and building their support network. We know that this strengthens a person’s recovery journey and gives them the best chance to succeed.” Read here…

Helping addicts recover (Round & About Magazine – August 2018)
“Many people know what addiction looks like, we want to show people what life in recovery is like. We know that a life in recovery is possible as we are living proof of it, we know that people can go on to become responsible citizens and an asset to their community again.”
Read here…

Duran Durans John Taylor supports recovery initative (Henley Standard 2014)
The pop star has lent his support to an initiative in Henley designed to help people recovering from drug or alcohol addiction.”

Why can’t we get drugs out of prisons? (BBC News 2008)
Prisons are among the most secure places in the country, yet they are awash with illegal drugs. How do these get in?… Mr Djemil has made his own calculation of the market. He estimates there are 40,000 problem users in prison at any one time – that’s about one in two of all inmates in England and Wales”. Read full BBC article here…

£100m drugs in prisons
(Metro June 2008)
Drugs worth £100million are being smuggled into prisons each year and the government has no grasp of the scale of the problem, a new report warns today. Huseyin Djemil, former head of the prisons drug treatment service, criticised the government’s ‘reactive’ and ‘inadequate’ approach, saying it was more interested in ‘managing the problem than eradicating it’. Read full Metro article here…

£100m of drugs in British Jails (The Sun, June 2008)
Drugs worth £100m are smuggled into jails each year – and Government efforts to tackle the problem are failing, a report warned last night. Huseyin Djemil said: “Drugs are widespread. It is undermining any attempt to clean up prisoners and increasing the chances of corrupting staff.”

Prisoners get high on the wardens supply (The Week, April 2008)
The British prison service is spending £70m a year treating drug addicts when, according to insiders interviewed for a BBC radio investigation, corrupt warders are responsible for the majority of the drugs traffic into jails.

A rotten methadone treatment that maintains addiction
(Anne Diamond Show, BBC Radio Berkshire)

Huseyin Djemil: ‘we don’t convict that much and we divert most addicts into treatment – albeit into a rotten methadone treatment that maintains addiction. No wonder most addicts are unaffected by the threat of conviction.’ (Audio no longer available from BBC archive)