P.E.I. Health Minister Doug Currie says he supports a recommendation that P.E.I. enter into a multi-year agreement with the Portage residential addictions treatment facility in New Brunswick.

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Health Minister Doug Currie says P.E.I. will start talks soon with Portage on sending more Island youth there for addictions treatment. (CBC)

The suggestion that the province work more extensively with Portage, a non-profit group that operates four treatment centres across the country, was the first of six recommendations from the standing committee on health, social development and seniors in a report on addictions to prescription drugs tabled Friday.

"I think it's a very good idea," said Currie.

"We'll certainly be following up with Portage to look at ways that we can strengthen - not only whether it be our contractual agreement with Portage on the number of youth we send - but also the ability to improve aftercare and supports for youth that are coming back from Portage."

Earlier in the day during question period, the Opposition took government to task for failing to act on a recommendation from a previous report looking at youth addictions.

Once the new report was tabled, a member of the committee, Liberal MLA Richard Brown stood up gave it a passionate endorsement.

"I can assure the people that made the presentations, especially the families that made the presentations … I will be there to make sure that these recommendations are handled," said Brown.

"I believe in Portage, I will fight to make sure that Portage becomes a full partner in our addictions program here on Prince Edward Island."

The report also recommends Sept. 7 of next year should be proclaimed Recovery Day, to encourage people to talk about the challenges of addiction and break down the stigma.