‘The worst agony of my life to absolutely normal’ (Dr. Mark McLean)

hen Caity showed up at St. Paul’s emergency room last October, she was in rough shape.

The young woman – The Globe and Mail has agreed to not use her last name – was at the time living on the streets in Vancouver and addicted to illicit drugs, including heroin and pills likely laced with fentanyl.

She said she wanted help. ER staff called Dr. Mark McLean, who was on call for St. Paul’s Rapid Access Addiction Clinic, which runs out of a small room one floor above the ER.

Wendy Stueck reports

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