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UPFRONT 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] 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: Suretha Rous / Alamy 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 ON THE COVER: The benzo trap 9 Gender inequality in lockdown 6 All in it together – the power of partnership REGULARS 4 NEWS Chance to end rough sleeping 8 PARLIAMENT Cross-party group takes to Zoom 10 LETTERS Thoughts on solidarity and dealing with stress 16 Bill Nelles on how doctors shaped drug treatment COVID-19, what happens next? 17 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. ‘We need to be proactive and responsive’ INNOVATIVE DEVELOPMENTS and impressive collaboration have characterised our sector’s response to the crisis (page 8). But what we also need to keep up with are the changes in the drugs market and regional trends that could tip the drug-related deaths crisis into further catastrophe. One of the trends identified by Release’s new drug monitoring network is increased use of benzodiazepines, so our cover story looks at how we can respond to this by developing urgent new pathways and treatment protocols. It’s essential that we remain proactive and responsive at the same time as making so many other adjustments to routine. Commissioners have been thinking along the same lines and there’s an invitation to join a new national forum on page 11. As we’re all particularly concerned about diminishing resources and the threat of services being decommissioned, it’s the right time to create a space for clear strategy and a representative commissioner voice. Collective Voice are working hard for the treatment sector and invite your involvement in rising to important challenges (p14). When we emerge from this crisis let’s not forget the many gains we’ve discovered from working more closely together. Claire Brown, editor Keep in touch at www.drinkanddrugsnews.com and @DDNmagazine WWW.DRINKANDDRUGSNEWS.COM JUNE 2020 • DRINK AND DRUGS NEWS • 3