Message on Alcohol and Drug Services during Pandemic

Message on Alcohol and Drug Services during Pandemic Image

People using drug and alcohol services in Dundee are being reassured that essential services will continue, despite Covid 19.

The message is being issued as the Scottish Government announced extra support for people affected by alcohol and drugs during the pandemic.

Simon Little, independent chair of the Dundee Alcohol and Drugs Partnership, explains that in the city “services are being flexible and adapting to the fast moving situation.

“There have already been changes to how services are delivered and it is possible that more will follow. However, I am reassured that strenuous efforts are being made to maintain essential services and that the focus is on addressing the highest risks.”

He said: “I have been speaking to critical service providers across Dundee – in the Health and Social Care Partnership and Third sector - and I am impressed by the commitment that they are showing during these very difficult times.

“The Integrated Substance Misuse Service continues to support clients. Although face-to-face clinics have been suspended, telephone and online contact is available and I know there have been innovative responses to individual circumstances”.   

“If you do not need to self-isolate you can continue to pick up your prescription from your community pharmacy”

“If you do need to self-isolate you should do so and contact your normal service for advice and guidance. However, as services are under very significant pressure, please be patient if you don’t get through first time.”

“The staff in pharmacies are doing a tremendous job in very testing times”

“Harm Reduction services continue to be available and The Cairn Centre remains open for needle exchange and naloxone provision and, additionally, a new postal Injecting Equipment Provision service is now operational.

“Alcohol services are continuing to offer help, including counselling and family support. Again, contact your normal service if you require assistance”.

“Services are preparing for increasing numbers requiring to self-isolate and shield and it is possible that further changes to how services are delivered will be required. The focus must be on what is essential and best able to keep people safe, including those that care for them.”

“I would like to thank everyone for the efforts they are putting in to help some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.” 

Full details on the Scottish Government announcement are available at https://www.gov.scot/news/supporting-people-affected-by-alcohol-and-drug-use/

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