Editor: Dr. Desmond Colohan calls on government to develop a realistic plan to combat addictions when we don’t know the extent of the problem and are not making any real effort to find out the truth. He is worried that government comprised of members lacking professional knowledge about addictions will make poor and ineffective policy decisions which what faces Islanders right now.
Since no-one including Dr. Colohan has any professional knowledge about addictions maybe he has placed the cart before the horse. The first priority should be a professional scientific survey of all school children to get reliable information on dysfunctional families and excessive drinkers on P.E.I.
Usually children tell the truth about their home situation while adults tend to hide problems especially addicts. Next do a survey of Teachers to confirm the number of dysfunctional families in their class because they produce at-risk addicts. The results of these two surveys could indicate if the Province has gathered sufficient information to develop a realistic plan for addictions and if not, than get more information.