The first of five clinics to help Manitobans suffering from addictions has opened in Winnipeg.
The Rapid Access to Addictions Medicine (RAAM) clinic is now open at Winnipeg’s Crisis Response Centre at 817 Bannatyne Avenue.
“RAAM clinics help patients more easily navigate the health system, moving them between addiction medicine specialists, primary care providers and community supports,” said Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen.
“The opening of these clinics is an important step toward addressing long wait times for Manitobans seeking treatment for addictions or substance-related concerns including opioids, methamphetamine and alcohol.”
The clinic provides assessment, counselling, the prescribing of appropriate medication, and connections for patients to community treatment programs and primary care physicians. No appointments are necessary.
A second Winnipeg location is scheduled to open September 13 at 146 Magnus Avenue. Additional locations in Brandon, Thompson and Selkirk are expected to open within the next two months.
The province says the clinics came at a cost of $1.23 million.