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Rapid, low barrier, judgement-free access to treatment

Staffed by interdisciplinary addictions specialists, the RAAC is a “come-as-you-are” space located one floor above St. Paul’s Emergency Department.

In the midst of the province’s overdose crisis, St. Paul’s Rapid Access Addiction Clinic (RAAC) opened its doors to provide treatment, hope and dignity to patients with concurrent addiction, mental health and medical issues.

Patients can self-refer, don’t require a Care Card and can be started on Suboxone or methadone, the standard course of treatment for patients with substance use disorders, within a day. As individuals who have recovered from problematic substance use, , peer navigators are on staff to offer support to patients and provide resources and camaraderie. In addition, RAAC staff also provide consultation to physicians in the community managing difficult addiction related cases and serves as a site for training for the St. Paul’s Goldcorp Addiction Fellowship Program.

With so many services, support and expertise, the clinic is doing everything it can to support people with problematic substance use, having already assessed and treated more than 620 patients since opening in September 2016.

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