St. Paul’s Hospital Rapid Access Addiction Clinic celebrates two years of helping people with substance use problems

Sep 27, 2018 | News

Sam Gill (L) and Dr. Mark McLean (R) are members of the RAAC team at SPH.Sam Gill (L) and Dr. Mark McLean (R) are members of the RAAC team at SPH.

Occasionally, St. Paul’s Hospital addiction specialist Dr. Mark McLean will run into someone he treated at the Rapid Access Addiction Clinic, a low-barrier outpatient service in the hospital that opened on this day two years ago.

The person will express thanks to him and the RAAC for helping get some stability back in their life in whatever form that may have taken – getting off drugs, getting treatment from the community or just having received treatment in a space where there’s no judgment, no stigma.

To Dr. McLean, that’s a sign that, on the RAAC’s second anniversary, the clinic and its physicians, nurses, social workers, psychiatrists, peer navigators and others are doing something right.

Read the full story on The Daily Scan.

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