Group calls on province to bring back student drug survey
P.E.I. Teachers Federation says they need clearer picture of student drug use
The P.E.I. Teachers Federation is calling on the provincial government to bring back the student drug survey.
Since then, the province has relied on StatsCan for information about teenage drug trends.
Last year, a lack of resources led to the abolition of the survey altogether.
The survey had been done every few years and looks at a broad range of issues, from marijuana use to lottery tickets, to sex among teens. The last study in 2007 surveyed 3,000 Island teenagers. That information was used by the provincial departments of health and education, as well as by the RCMP and addiction centres.
The federation's president Gilles Arsenault said that the information from StatsCan doesn't paint a clear enough picture of what's going on in the Island's schools.
"We need to have something made here in P.E.I. so we can address the actual realities of what's happening here. We need to find out what type of drugs are being used, we need to find out which age groups we're working with. StatsCan I think is probably a reliable source that we can count on but I think if we have something closer to the school system, we will be able to act more quickly," he said.
Both Nova Scotia and New Brunswick released the findings of their drug surveys last week.
The Teachers Federation has asked the province for a meeting to discuss bringing the survey back on P.E.I.
The estimated cost of the survey is between $50,000 and $60,000 per year.