\u2018We have a unique role in breaking county lines\u2019 THE PRESSURES OF THE PANDEMIC are diverting services into new ways of working, with plenty of energy spent adapting systems to ensure continuity of service. But this month\u2019s cover story (page 6) is a reminder that drug dealing is also having to adapt its business model. And unfortunately the varying stages of lockdown have opened up new opportunities \u2013 and necessity \u2013 for exploitation. Shropshire\u2019s experience shows that there is no let-up in county lines activity, with lines changing and being replaced regularly. The only way we can tackle this violent and highly lucrative business effectively is by working closely with police and social services \u2013 and by realising that substance misuse services have a unique role to play in \u2018working holistically and without judgement\u2019 to help young people and vulnerable adults out of a trap that has become modern slavery. Those young people \u2013 anyone\u2019s child \u2013 at the receiving end of youth justice, are themselves victims of crime and need our support at this vital time. This could be the crossroads at which they are able to escape from a cycle of crime and get the support they need to leave this terrifying situation behind \u2013 and we have to do better than let them join an even bigger training ground in the criminal justice system. Read the magazine as a virtual publication or download the PDF.