Wait times for detox down dramatically, says province

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Provincial Addictions Treatment Facility in Mount Herbert.

Health P.E.I. and the Department of Health and Wellness claim wait times for addictions services are down dramatically compared to a year ago.

Wait times for inpatient detox services are now one to three days, down from 15 days a year ago.

As of this week, there are 14 people on the waiting list for detox, compared with 134 on the same list in 2012.

Government attributes the significant decrease to a better organized intake process and increased investment in the methadone maintenance treatment program, which means fewer people have to be re-admitted.

“The new triage system has led to a more organized system, more consistency and fairness and has also improved nursing utilization on the unit," explained Pam Trainor, executive director of acute care and mental health and addictions at Health P.E.I. "Now, when an individual calls, information is gathered and can be prioritized appropriately."

“Ensuring Islanders struggling with addictions have access to the services and programs they need is a clear priority for this government,” said Health and Wellness Minister Doug Currie. “Timely access is key in giving Islanders the best opportunities to fight their addictions. By significantly shortening wait times for detox, Islanders can access the supports they need to begin their road to recovery more quickly.”

Government says additional investments in programs and services offered post-detox will continue to support Islanders along every aspect of their recovery.

“We recognize that addiction is a growing issue that affects many Islanders and their families,” said Currie.  “We know that detox is only one step in the recovery process.  That’s why we are also adding resources to other areas of addictions services such as a new transition unit, patient navigator, outreach service and social


Organizations: Department of Health and Wellness

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Recent comments

  • Frank.G.
    February 28, 2014 - 15:17

    I`m with you Anne, The AA WAY IS THE BEST WAY, 12&12 It`s all there.....

  • Anne
    February 28, 2014 - 14:26

    Health officials need to realize that getting treatment is not always an option for alcoholics or drug addicts. I know this from experience. Almost forty years ago I started looking for help. I never went to a treatment center because we had young children at home. I found people who cared and were willing to help like the late Dr. Leo Killorn and the people in the A.A. Program. I'm not against treatment centers but they must be staffed with people who have had the same problem. Yes, if anyone is looking for help, they need it NOW; not in two or three days or in a month.

  • fed up
    February 28, 2014 - 13:50

    A good news story .It must be Ghiz's fault.