How are New Zealanders with addiction problems coping in the lockdown? We’ve seen the news items showing queues outside liquor outlets but what is actually happening, especially in households that are affected by alcohol and drug addiction? Grant Christie spoke with Vicki MacFarlane about what kind of problems they are seeing in Auckland Detoxification services and how services are supporting the community during lockdown.

Grant Christie is a Senior Lecturer in Psychological Medicine at the University of Auckland and also a youth addiction psychiatrist at Waitemata DHB.

Vicki MacFarlane is a GP, addiction medicine specialist and lead clinician at Auckland CADS Detoxification Services.

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