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Trends in opioid tablet prescriptions on P.E.I.
The P.E.I. government is now monitoring a list of the most highly addictive, commonly prescribed drugs to identify instances of misuse and help curb prescription drug abuse in the province.
These are all commonly prescribed drugs needed for legitimate medical conditions but can end up being sold and abused.
The monitoring and reporting of drugs under the Narcotics Safety and Awareness Act is part of the actions announced to address concerns of rising prescription drug abuse.
The Island has seen an increase of almost 18 per cent in opioid-based prescriptions and a 47 per cent increase in stimulant prescriptions in the 2009 to 2012 period alone.