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UPFRONT IN THIS ISSUE 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: [email protected] Advertising manager: Ian Ralph e: [email protected] Reporter: David Gilliver e: [email protected] 6 Designer: Jez Tucker e: [email protected] Subscriptions: e: [email protected] website: www.drinkanddrugsnews.com Website support by wiredupwales.com Printed on environmentally friendly paper by the Manson Group Ltd Cover by EFE News Agency / Alamy ON THE COVER: Life in lockdown 12 Dame Carol Black: how will policy makers respond? Rehab becomes even more of a sanctuary REGULARS 4 NEWS Fighting coronavirus 10 LETTERS Calls for compassion 16 INSTA-INSPIRATION Power of Instagram 17 COMPETITION Win a £6k playwriting commission 18 Bill Nelles on harm reduction 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. 14 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. Confronting life and death 8 ‘Listen to the messages from the frontline’ WHAT’S NORMAL RIGHT NOW? The last few weeks have been a white-knuckle ride for all of us, and we bring you this month’s DDN not really knowing what the next days and weeks will hold. You will no doubt have enough to worry about at home and work but we hope that this edition will bring a sense of proportion to the task ahead. With so much beyond our control, we need to focus on essential priorities – which is where the clear protocols and sound harm-reduction practices are so useful. We have been so impressed by the swift initiatives to share action that will save lives. In the rush to convert everything to a virtual working world, take time to listen to the messages from the frontline (page 10). You’re in this profession because you care, so please take heed of what’s not working well to iron out these bumps over the next few weeks. We’re here to support you in any way we can, so let us know if you have good stuff to share, tricky issues to learn from, or better ways to communicate that we can let people know about and join in. We may be working from home but we’re throwing our energies into making sure we bring you the mag – and also put the DDN Conference back onto the stage as soon as we can safely do so. Keep in touch – a hello goes a long way! Claire Brown, editor Keep in touch at www.drinkanddrugsnews.com and @DDNmagazine WWW.DRINKANDDRUGSNEWS.COM APRIL 2020 • DRINK AND DRUGS NEWS • 3