Government of Manitoba, May 8, 2018
Arlene Last-Kolb began advocating for better care following her 24-year-old son Jessie's opiate-related death in 2014. She said RAAM clinics are a big step towards improving addictions treatment in Manitoba.
"When those suffering from substance use disorder are reaching out for help, the health-care system needs to respond quickly while providing ongoing support,” said Last-Kolb. "The establishment of RAAM clinics throughout our province will give Manitobans suffering from addiction a safe place to seek help that can save their lives.”
The clinic model is intended to treat any and all substance-related addictions and has been successful in relieving pressure on emergency departments in other jurisdictions by serving as a specialized source of support and treatment for patients who may relapse.