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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] 8 Designer: Jez Tucker e: [email protected] Website support by wiredupwales.com Printed on environmentally friendly paper by the Manson Group Ltd Cover by: Martin Barraud/iStock CJ Wellings Ltd does not accept responsibility for the accuracy of statements made by contributors or advertisers. 4 NEWS COVID guidance for treatment providers 6 NEWS FOCUS Getting innovative 16 TRIBUTE to Simon Morgan 17 LETTERS Gearing up for what’s ahead Subscriptions: e: [email protected] website: www.drinkanddrugsnews.com REGULARS ON THE COVER: A new way of working 10 What does COVID-19 mean for hep C planning? 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. 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. Keeping service users and their families safe 12 11 Bill Nelles on harm reduction, then and now Secondary traumatic stress in substance misuse workers 14 ‘We’re learning about new versions of outreach’ WE’VE HAD TO CHANGE OUR PLAN for this issue several times this month as your news and survival tips have been coming in. The good thing is, it’s not just about business as usual – it’s become about being better than usual. Not only are we hearing about swift action to keep essential services maintained – we’re also learning about new, enhanced versions of outreach, where service users are an essential part of developing and maintaining the model. Tweeting their invitation to the LUF Lounge on a Saturday night, Red Rose Recovery offer ‘community and connection with a whole heap of compassion’ and this spirit is playing out through the Lancashire recovery communities, with their ‘dramatic shift to digital provision’ (page 8). Particularly exciting are the partnerships that are forming from this ‘new digital world’. Last month we raised the issue of delayed scripts through a ‘plea from the pharmacy queue’ and there’s been a lot of hard work going on to improve the situation. The clinical and prescribing team at Humankind are among those working round the clock to ensure no one is ever without medication (page 13). Carry on the great work and new ideas – and share them with us! Community means more than ever right now. Claire Brown, editor Keep in touch at www.drinkanddrugsnews.com and @DDNmagazine WWW.DRINKANDDRUGSNEWS.COM MAY 2020 • DRINK AND DRUGS NEWS • 3