$819,000 has been earmarked by the Manitoba government in increase capacity at Winnipeg’s two Rapid Access to Addictions Medicine (RAAM) clinics.
RAAM clinics have had increased demand for addiction services during the pandemic according to the province.
The clinics were set up to give adults seeking help with problematic substance use access to immediate counselling and prescriptions that can help them reduce or stop their substance use. Patients are also able to connect with treatment programs and primary care providers.
“We know some Manitobans have increased their substance use as a way to cope with the effects of stress and anxiety related to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mental Health, Wellness and Recovery Minister Audrey Gordon. “This investment in the RAAM clinics will increase staffing and other supports, allowing the clinics to increase their capacity and make it easier for people to access their services.”
In Manitoba substance-related deaths have increased from 191 in 2019 to more than 372 in 2020.
There are currently six RAAM clinics in Manitoba, two in Winnipeg, and one in Brandon, Portage la Prairie, Selkirk and Thompson.
Information on RAAM clinic locations and hours can be found at https://afm.mb.ca/programs-and-services/raam/
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