\u2018Most drug-related deaths are of people not in treatment\u2019 By the end of this week\u00a0the next government will have been chosen \u2013 and who knows, the wheels may have started turning again after a static couple of months for policy. As I write though, the debates are still in full swing and the leaflets are still dropping through the door. So much noise, and so many promises by the politicians to listen. So here are some suggestions served up by this month\u2019s issue. Turn to page 4 to learn that the sector is vulnerable and volatile, and that services closing could lead to thousands of people dropping further down the waiting lists. Go to page 6 to be reminded that most drug-related deaths are of people not in treatment \u2013 and that the first place to look for these people is on the streets, where outreach workers do their best to engage with and protect a growing population of rough sleepers despite diminishing resources. Turn to page 8 for a comprehensive briefing on fentanyl \u2013 a drug with many highly dangerous forms that requires a robust and proactive harm reduction and education strategy, rather than a knee-jerk \u2018ban everything\u2019 reaction. Then carry on to page 12 to hear feedback from young people on how to engage around substance misuse in a way that is meaningful to them \u2013 and finally, read some difficult pages (14-17) about drug-related deaths, the topic you don\u2019t really want to acknowledge. If major treatment agencies are willing to put competition to one side to look for joint action to halt the climb in mortality figures, shouldn\u2019t politicians join in? Claire Brown, editor Read the PDF version or the mobile magazine.