Drink and Drugs News is published by CJ Wellings Ltd , Romney House , School Road , Ashford , Kent TN27 0LT t : 0845 299 3429
Editor : Claire Brown e : claire @ cjwellings . com
Advertising manager : Ian Ralph e : ian @ cjwellings . com
Reporter : David Gilliver e : david @ cjwellings . com
Designer : Jez Tucker e : jez @ cjwellings . com
Subscriptions : e : subs @ cjwellings . com
website : www . drinkanddrugsnews . com
Website support by wiredupwales . com
Printed on environmentally friendly paper by the Manson Group Ltd
Cover montage by : JellyPics
CJ Wellings Ltd does not accept responsibility for the accuracy of statements made by contributors or advertisers .
The contents of this magazine are the copyright of CJ Wellings Ltd , but do not necessarily represent its views , or those of its partner organisations .
IN THIS ISSUE
COVER STORY : County lines
provision : supervised humiliation ?
Children of alcohol dependent parents
4 NEWS Services at risk of being overwhelmed ; cocaine purity climbs
14 I AM A ... New careers series : Leanne Smullen-Bethell gives insight into her role in a specialist family service
15 THE RIGHT CHOICES Lockdown is a reminder that residential rehabs are an essential option for treatment
16 BILL NELLES A report from Canada ’ s first virtual recovery capital conference ; and a tribute to much-loved Gary Sutton
17 THEY SAID WHAT ..? An eye on the national media
We need to talk about medical marijuana
STAYING STRONG IN PARTNERSHIP
Find the resources to stay ahead of coronavirus from the DDN partners and community at www . drinkanddrugsnews . com
We are especially grateful to our network of partners at this difficult time and thank each and every one of them for their loyal support .
DDN is a self-funded independent publication . Our bespoke partnership packages provide an opportunity to work closely with the magazine . Please get in touch to find out more .
‘ We have a unique role in breaking county lines ’
THE PRESSURES OF THE PANDEMIC are diverting services into new ways of working , with plenty of energy spent adapting systems to ensure continuity of service . But this month ’ s cover story ( page 6 ) is a reminder that drug dealing is also having to adapt its business model . And unfortunately the varying stages of lockdown have opened up new opportunities – and necessity – for exploitation .
Shropshire ’ s experience shows that there is no let-up in county lines activity , with lines changing and being replaced regularly . The only way we can tackle this violent and highly lucrative business effectively is by working closely with police and social services – and by realising that substance misuse services have a unique role to play in ‘ working holistically and without judgement ’ to help young people and vulnerable adults out of a trap that has become modern slavery . Those young people – anyone ’ s child – at the receiving end of youth justice , are themselves victims of crime and need our support at this vital time . This could be the crossroads at which they are able to escape from a cycle of crime and get the support they need to leave this terrifying situation behind – and we have to do better than let them join an even bigger training ground in the criminal justice system .
Claire Brown , editor Keep in touch at www . drinkanddrugsnews . com and @ DDNmagazine
WWW . DRINKANDDRUGSNEWS . COM OCTOBER 2020 • DRINK AND DRUGS NEWS • 3