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Latest issue: November/December 2013 25(6)
This issue of Druglink highlights the world of change and uncertainty in which we all currently live. Right on DrugScope’s doorstep, we have the imminent departure of Martin Barnes, who has been the Chief Executive for the last ten years. The Druglink interview gives Martin the chance to reflect candidly on his term of office, from the rocky state of DrugScope when he joined, to the end of the NTA era and beyond.
In this issue too, we publish the interim findings of our State of the Sector survey – for the Recovery Partnership – in which we invited treatment services to give us their take on how the sector was faring six months into the new localised funding landscape.
We are also publishing the results of the 2013 Druglink Street Drug survey. This year, we decided to focus on the phenomenon of new drugs (variously called ‘legal highs’ or new psychoactive substances) and how young people’s treatment services are responding to the new situation.
But the final message for 2013 is this. The sector is likely to become more fractured and competitive as different agencies adjust to circumstances in their own way; either continuing to deliver the traditional clinical model of treatment, moving towards a more social model or joining in competition with the private sector in the battle for outsourced contracts. But as the front cover suggests, we can move forward together if we stick to one over-arching principle – the protection of the quality of the care we offer our clients, however it’s delivered.
Our free article this issue is an interview with Martin Barnes, DrugScope CEO.
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