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LETTER: Addictions need attention

Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor

I am writing with a heavy heart as I have learned about the prevalence of addictions on P.E.I. and the lack of detox beds.

First I would like to be sure there are any misconceptions about addiction. People are not addicts because they choose to be. There are many underlying factors that contribute. It is becoming an epidemic on P.E.I. and we are losing the battle.

I would like to know why we only one have one detox facility that is expected to cover all of P.E.I. I have heard that Mt. Herbert is a wonderful place but the fact that there are only 24 beds to cover the province is quite unacceptable in my mind and the minds of many others.

My understanding is that all 24 beds are not even used for detox, that at times people finish their provincial jail time at the facility. With a provincial population of 146,933 (2016), and our high rate of addiction, how can this number be justified?

A 20-year-old called for help because they knew they needed to be detoxed and had finally made the choice to do it. Only to be told “there are no beds available, if this is an emergency go to the hospital, good luck.” This is an absolutely unacceptable response. Why in the world is our province not providing better care to its people? I always hear about money and the lack of money. In that case, how can MLAs justify their salary?

I would like to know why more is not being done to help the people of P.E.I. The epidemic is getting worse, and we are drowning quickly.

What are the province and Health Minister Robert Henderson going to do about it?

First I would like to be sure there are any misconceptions about addiction. People are not addicts because they choose to be. There are many underlying factors that contribute. It is becoming an epidemic on P.E.I. and we are losing the battle.

I would like to know why we only one have one detox facility that is expected to cover all of P.E.I. I have heard that Mt. Herbert is a wonderful place but the fact that there are only 24 beds to cover the province is quite unacceptable in my mind and the minds of many others.

My understanding is that all 24 beds are not even used for detox, that at times people finish their provincial jail time at the facility. With a provincial population of 146,933 (2016), and our high rate of addiction, how can this number be justified?

A 20-year-old called for help because they knew they needed to be detoxed and had finally made the choice to do it. Only to be told “there are no beds available, if this is an emergency go to the hospital, good luck.” This is an absolutely unacceptable response. Why in the world is our province not providing better care to its people? I always hear about money and the lack of money. In that case, how can MLAs justify their salary?

I would like to know why more is not being done to help the people of P.E.I. The epidemic is getting worse, and we are drowning quickly.

What are the province and Health Minister Robert Henderson going to do about it?

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