New addictions clinic opening

To The Haldimand Press

DUNNVILLE—A new clinic is opening in Dunnville to help people struggling with drug and alcohol use disorders. Haldimand War Memorial Hospital will now be one of the sites of the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Rapid Access Addiction Medicine (RAAM) Clinic.

The RAAM Clinic is a multidisciplinary addiction treatment team that is designed to fill gaps and provide quick access to proven and effective addiction and mental health care. It connects patients with primary care physicians and/or psychiatrists, and also provides referrals to withdrawal management and residential services – including rapid access to medically-assisted, integrated, and holistic treatment for alcohol, opioid, methamphetamine, stimulant, and benzodiazepine use disorders.

“Haldimand County is no stranger to the current substance use epidemic,” says clinic supervisor Stephanie Rochon. She points to a study conducted in 2013 and 2014, which found that 66% of Haldimand and Norfolk adults over the age of 19 were regular drinkers, compared to the Ontario average of 60.5%. Furthermore, the Haldimand and Norfolk rate of opioid-related visits to emergency departments increased from 17.9 visits per 100,000 visits in 2006 to 44.3 visits per 100,000 visits in 2016.

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