FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Charlottetown, PE (May 6th, 2013) –NDP PEI Leader, Mike Redmond today announced that youth addictions will be the subject of the second in a series of policy forums sponsored by the NDP PEI. The forum will take place at Red’s Corner in Poole’s Corner on Tuesday, May 21st.
The first forum, on watershed issues, was held in Cornwall in February and attracted both party members and non-members.
“Youth substance abuse and addiction is a very serious issue that has gone under the radar for too long. It’s robbing many young people of a bright future and threatening our communities,” Mr. Redmond said. “I have been approached by many parents and others who are desperate for solutions. They know we need to reverse this destructive and growing trend,” continued Redmond. “We feel the kind of public discussion we are planning for May 21st is an important step in addressing the issues.”
The forum on addictions will take place at Red’s Corner, in Poole’s Corner on Tuesday, May 21st at 7 p.m. The evening will start with a panel discussion to address some key questions: What are the social, personal, and economic factors that contribute to the problem? What are we doing now about the problem? What could be done to be more effective in response?
The panel will include a parent, a counsellor, a crime prevention officer and researchers. By sharing their different perspectives, panelists will present a comprehensive overview of the issue, leading to an open discussion with those in attendance. The NDP is hoping that this discussion will lead to a more complete understanding of this issue, which will help as the party continues to develop health and social policy. A summary of the discussion will be made available after the forum, which is open to the public. “Shame, and denial about substance abuse and addictions in young people, however understandable, have allowed government to keep its head in the sand on this critical issue,” concluded Redmond, “Yet the greater shame is in not coming to grips with the problem and dealing with it. We owe it to our youth, their parents and our communities to respond with policies and programs that are developed through open public discussion.”

Mike Redmond
Leader, NDP PEI
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