Addictions conference to focus on education

The Medical Society of P.E.I. and the Association of Registered Nurses of P.E.I. are holding a joint one-day conference on addictions on Tuesday.

'Addictions Unplugged' expecting 300 attendees

The Medical Society of P.E.I. and the Association of Registered Nurses of P.E.I. are holding a joint one-day conference on addictions on Tuesday.

The conference, titled Addictions Unplugged, will focus on education about addictions issues, including narcotic addiction and treatment.

Dr. Dave Bannon, president of the medical society, says addictions are a major challenge on P.E.I. and across the country.

"To solve the addiction challenge, or to come up with some proper solutions for these addictions challenges, is going to take more than just a village, it's going to take the entire Island and all the thoughts and perspectives that we can come up with to improve what we have to do,” he said.

Bannon says they are expecting close to 300 people to take part in the conference.

It's being held all day Tuesday at the Dutch Inn in Cornwall.

According to a 2007 study from the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 11 per cent of Canadians have a problem with drug or alcohol abuse.

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