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Addictions facility underused, says Opposition


P.E.I. could be getting better use of a youth addictions facility in New Brunswick, says the Tory opposition health critic.

Tory health critic James Aylward says the health minister was receptive to the idea of a contract with Portage. CBC

P.E.I. has no residential facility dedicated to the treatment of addiction in young people. Under its current arrangement with Portage Atlantic, near Sussex, N.B., the province can rent up to four beds on a per diem basis.

Health critic James Aylward recently toured the facility, and he told CBC News there are vacant beds that could be used by Islanders who need help. He believes a long-term contract for service should be negotiated.

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