EVENT ADVISORY / INTERVIEW AND PHOTO OPPORTUNITY - Ottawa Getting New Source of Support for those with Opioid Dependence

Recovery Ottawa and Respect Rx launching to address Ottawa's increasing addiction issues

OTTAWA, Nov. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Ottawa, like the rest of Canada, is facing a public health crisis with rising rates of opioid dependence and other substance abuse issues.  Challenges like long wait times and social stigma mean many people battling addiction have trouble getting the treatment they desperately need.  In fact, according to Ottawa Public Health, 7,268 Ottawa residents sought out treatment for substance misuse from 2011 to 2012 and they faced significant wait times.Thankfully, this National Addictions Awareness Week (November 18 - 24), a new centre for treatment excellence will open its doors.

Recovery Ottawa and Respect Rx Pharmasave are a full-service treatment facility and pharmacy. Their on-site physicians, nurses, counsellors, case managers, pharmacists and caring staff will provide individuals with immediate access to quality and compassionate care for their addiction, but also for related issues such as homelessness, hepatitis C, HIV, and criminal justice issues.  And, together with their partners at the Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa, Recovery Ottawa will offer education and training to medical students, residents and family doctors in the assessment and treatment of addiction.

What: Grand opening of Ottawa's new centre of excellence for the treatment of addiction and mental health
Where: Recovery Ottawa and Respect Rx Pharmasave
11 Selkirk Street, Ottawa (Closest intersection: Montreal Road and North River Road)
When: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. (EST)
Who:  The following individuals will be speaking at the event and available for interviews:
  • Dr. Mark Ujjainwalla, Medical Director and founder, Recovery Ottawa
  • Mark Barnes, Respect Rx Pharmasave

1 Substance Misuse in Ottawa, Technical Report (March 2013). Ottawa Public Health. Retrieved October 18 via http://ottawa.ca/sites/ottawa.ca/files/oph_substance_misuse_2013_en.pdf


SOURCE: Recovery Ottawa and Respect Rx Pharmasave

For further information:

David Mircheff / Dustin Hamilton
Environics Communications
416-969-2776 / 416-969-2664

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