Huseyin Djemil has extensive media experience across local and regional TV & radio. 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



Duran Durans John Taylor supports recovery initative
Thepop star has lent his support to an initiative in Henley designed to help people recovering from drug or alcohol addiction.
Henley Standard full article…

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.” Read full Sun article here…

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. The Week full article here…

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)