The P.E.I. legislature's standing committee on health delivered a report Friday on addictions to prescription drugs in the province.
It contained six recommendations:
Partner with Portage
Portage is a non-profit organization with four residential facilities across the country that helps people overcome addictions. One of those facilities is in New Brunswick.
Invest in safety education
The province should invest in better education for physicians, pharmacists and nurses about the dangers of prescription drug misuse. The general public should also be better informed about exercising caution with prescription drugs, and how to watch for signs of addiction in themselves, family, friends, and co-workers.
All legislation should be reviewed from a mental health and addictions perspective, and bills relating to mental health and addiction should have public input.
An annual report on addictions should be presented to the legislature.
Create guide for addictions services
Government should produce a guide, essentially an inventory, which includes all the addiction treatment and recovery programs available in the province, complete with contact information.
Proclaim Sunday, Sep. 7, 2014, Recovery Day
Proclaiming this day is meant to be a step towards overcoming the stigma surrounding addiction. Recovery Day would promote inclusiveness, compassion and respect for all.
For mobile device users: View the full report here