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A GRIM DECLARATION – Dr. Catherine Elliott, left, and Renée Francoeur, with cabinet communications, are seen at this morning’s news conference on the Yukon government’s declaration of a health emergency. Behind them are government and First Nations leaders on Zoom.

Deaths spur government to declare a health emergency

Following four Yukon drug-related deaths in the first week of January,

By Tim Giilck on January 20, 2022

Following four Yukon drug-related deaths in the first week of January, and more deaths in the past week, including two women at the local homeless shelter on Tuesday, Health and Social Services Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee has declared a substance use health emergency.

A lengthy briefing this morning involved McPhee, chief Yukon coroner Heather Jones, acting chief medical officer of health Dr. Catherine Elliott and RCMP Chief Supt. Scott Sheppard.

They spent more than 90 minutes outlining an action plan that draws liberally from other jurisdictions, particularly British Columbia, where a similar state of emergency has been in effect for six years.

McPhee said her government “is working closely with partners to advance a range of harm reduction initiatives in response to the emergency.”

A number of initiatives will be underway, including:

• a new territory-wide public awareness and education campaign addressing the toxic drug supply present in Yukon communities;

• expanding drug testing and safe supply to rural communities and increasing availability in Whitehorse;

• enhancing the Yukon government’s supervised consumption site in downtown Whitehorse to support those who use inhalants;

• increasing on-the-land treatment options in the territory;

• working with Blood Ties Four Directions to extend the hours of operation of the outreach van, which provides mobile fentanyl testing and enhanced supports to marginalized individuals; and

• developing a new Opioid Action Plan to build on the success of the territory’s first Action Plan in 2018.

“This declaration is a commitment to action by our government, and a call to action to all Yukoners,” said McPhee, who is also the minister of Justice.

“It is time to rally around our communities, our friends, our neighbours and family members who need our support.

“We need to address our territory’s substance use health emergency and make our communities more safe and healthy. Substance use is killing people and creating mental health crises in each and every Yukon community.”

Added Elliott: “The rapid increase in opioid-related deaths signals a significant health problem that requires immediate focused attention.

“The Yukon’s illicit drug supply is contaminated, and that is contributing to a significant increase of accidental overdose, injury, illness and death,” Elliott said.

“As acting CMOH, I am committed to focusing our resources, enhancing our partnerships across Yukon and addressing this complex health issue.”

By coming together, Elliott added, “I am confident that we will be able to address the immediate crisis and work to improve the underlying factors that contribute to illicit drug related harms.”

Jones confirmed four deaths due to illicit drugs in the first seven days of this month.

“Three of these deaths are the result of fentanyl.

“Further, the Yukon Coroner’s Service is investigating three more deaths occurring between January 15 and 19 that are suspected to be drug-related,” Jones confirmed.

Toxicology results related to these three additional deaths are pending.

“The extremely high number of drug-related deaths in the past several months is a catastrophic reminder of the dangers around illicit drug use in the Yukon,” the coroner added.

“The presence of toxic street drugs is a public health and safety concern throughout the territory.”

The Yukon NDP issued a statement during the briefing.

“The government has announced a substance use emergency in the territory,” the party said.

“While the Yukon NDP welcomes this long-awaited announcement, we are waiting to see what concrete, new action will come out of this,” the release stated.

Annie Blake, the NDP MLA for Vuntut Gwitchin, said, “Folks across the Yukon have been demanding that government take action for years. Our territory needs more than just words. People need mental health support. They need counselling.

“Until the government finally listens and provides actual support to grieving families and Yukoners struggling with addiction, nothing will change for the people who need it most,” Blake said.

The Yukon Party weighed in on the issue Wednesday.

“Our sincere condolences go out to all Yukoners who have been affected by the opioid crisis in our territory,” said MLA Geraldine Van Bibber.

“The communities are in desperate need of assistance to help stem the flow of drugs arriving and distributed to their citizens.

“When the First Nation at Carcross declares a state of emergency and a petition is filed during the fall (2021) sitting of the legislative assembly on behalf of Mayo residents, there is a proven deep concern and a cry for help.

“We urge the Liberal government to take charge and provide extensive addiction treatment within the Territory so all can access assistance closer to home,’ Van Bibber said.

“Meetings and summits are pointless when we are losing people at this rate – action instead of words are needed now.”

Bronte Renwick-Shields of Blood Ties Four Directions said, “As the Yukon continues to see an increasing number of overdose fatalities throughout the territory, we know all of our hearts are very heavy right now.

“We encourage people to reach out for support, naloxone training, harm reduction education and to utilize our drug-checking programs. We want to remind people not to use alone, to carry naloxone and to use the supervised consumption site.”

There are solutions to the crisis, Renwick-Shields added.

“We continue to call for decriminalization of substances, low-barrier access to safe supply throughout the Yukon and increased supports for rural Yukon communities.”

Comments (44)

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Death Penalty no Deterrent on Jan 26, 2022 at 9:08 pm

Sorry Dandee but your statement "Short of the death penalty for dealers and the incarceration of users there are no easy solutions" is demonstrably false. In the US, its the Southern states that have the highest murder rate in the country despite very long prison sentences and the death penalty as a deterrent.

More broadly, no first world country jails people for near the amount of time that the US does which is why they have a massive prison population. Yet low and behold they still have the highest murder rate in the developed world.

Harsh punishment is just an emotional knee-jerk reaction. Addressing social issues and trying to rehabilitate is much more effective as demonstrated by the rest of the developed world and their much much smaller prison populations per capita.

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Patti Eyre on Jan 26, 2022 at 2:47 pm

My sincere condolences to those affected by these tragedies. I've read a few articles about the roots of these drugs: produced en masse by big pharma then filled by prescriptions by doctors who should have been aware of the incredibly addictive nature of them, and on the on the cycle went as it expanded out of control! I am at a loss here except to say these drugs are stealing lives, tearing families apart, destroying futures and as a mother that terrifies me!

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Jim Dandee on Jan 24, 2022 at 8:25 pm

Addiction, homelessness and mental health are complex tough societal issues. Short of the death penalty for dealers and the incarceration of users there are no easy solutions.. From my perspective, having had to deal with addiction within the family, it seems that the "harm reduction" approach, which was touted as the progressive solution 10-15 years ago has been an unmitigated failure. It sounded good at the time but we have now seen that the highest rates of overdose deaths and homelessness as well as crime are occurring in those jurisdictions that have the safe injection sites and that tolerate open drug use and open tent cities on the streets. This true in Canada and the US. Europe which was at the forefront of the harm reduction/decriminalization movement has now gone full circle and returned to a more law and order model. As are many US cities.
Alas we in the Yukon are still in the progressive grip of victim ideology. To victims we give as much as we can and demand nothing in return. Seems to me we need rehab and treatment centers and mental health supports that put the responsibility for recovery not only on society but on the individual as well. Those are the only types of program I have seen that are moderately effective in the long term.

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Groucho d'North on Jan 22, 2022 at 12:26 pm

I find it concerning that many posting here believe the government should take a greater role in preventing people from becoming addicted. This responsibility starts at home from mom & dad and grandparents if they are still around, but that can be problematic if mom or dad or siblings are selling drugs to improve their gross incomes. The drug culture is being promoted as another sector in the economy where anyone can join and profit from the weakness of others.
Government profits from the sale of alcohol, and now marijuanna, so if this is permitted, what's the message to the private entrepreneur who wants to make some money selling deadly pills from China via Vancouver?
Our lax legal industry has been a contributing factor in the spread of drug use as those caught violating the law by dealing, get a F on their report cards and are put back on the street to carry on with their enterprise.
It's all fun and games until somebody dies, then all the finger pointing flares up and the guilty are protected by the same souls who demand the government to do something.
The lack of self-respect is not limited to just those who consume the drugs.

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WeAreResponsible on Jan 22, 2022 at 8:28 am

It’s tiring to paint this government in an unfavourable light concerning substance abuse issues. The government isn’t the only one responsible are they? After all this issue is long standing and includes every political stripe historically.

The social fabric of the Yukon needs to be scrutinized carefully. What are the root causes of substance abuse? The causes are longer than your arm. To single out the government is to have blinders on. We are talking about families, cultures, et all

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bonanzajoe on Jan 21, 2022 at 4:57 pm

These so called "homeless" people have covered accommodations, free meals, free clothes etc. And they get monthly welfare cheques as well. Yet, they wander around town all day hitting people - especially seniors - for spare change. Well, this spare change goes toward alcohol and drugs. I see so many naive - yes, stupid - people digging into their pockets and giving them change. Don't give them anything. It will just go toward supplying their habits.

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bonanzajoe on Jan 21, 2022 at 4:42 pm

Vern Schlimbesser. Liberal and NDP governments are never held responsible for anything evil they do.

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Charlie's Aunt on Jan 21, 2022 at 1:55 pm

Blood Ties wants substances decriminalized!!! How will that help? Let's guess "it's OK folks, what I'm taking is legal." More pushers will move in and still be peddling spiked drugs because it makes money and it cuts their cost, same as now.

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Yukoner on Jan 21, 2022 at 11:58 am

The Yukon Government needs to do more to prevent youth/young adults getting into drinking and drugs in the first place. Get them engaged in sports, clubs, music, arts and other activities... oops forget those all got shut down; and we wonder why we have problem.

Look at following a model similar to Iceland. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/01/teens-drugs-iceland/513668/
Obviously unpopular but significantly raise taxes on alcohol to fund it and then down the road so much money will be saved from not having the healthcare costs for those individuals who instead of becoming a burden to society and the healthcare system are now a positive outcome it will be self sustaining. Not sure why these things are so hard to figure out, I guess it isn't just hard to get a politician to grow a "politically correct" pair and do something about it other than just lip service.

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Jayne W on Jan 21, 2022 at 11:20 am

@recovering addict you get it, and great job! Rehab is not fun, it is work. My child recovered when he went to rehab a few times... no phone, no leaving, nothing but programming am to pm. After 30 days you might be able to walk with someone that has 60 days to the corner to get necessities. Your bags are checked, you're checked, you're tested constantly, you mess up - you're out until your ready to commit.
What the Gov't needs to do it sit down with folks that have sobriety and see what they feel works and does not work, they are the experts in this.

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Yukong on Jan 21, 2022 at 10:59 am

More empty words from this government. If Yukoners had access to basic medical care without having to go to the Emergency Room, we would see less addiction. The notion of being forced to go to the ER to talk to a doc about mental health, in order to get a referral for services, just further stigmatizes mental health and addiction. I bet every Liberal MLA has a family doctor though!

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yukonmom on Jan 21, 2022 at 10:31 am

Not a word about finding the people selling and getting this toxic stuff off the streets!! it will keep coming in but perhaps if there were real consequences for the drug dealers it would slow it down on the supply end. Enforcement is one of the pillars. You need four pillars for a solid foundation.

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Sarah Davison on Jan 21, 2022 at 9:04 am

There are increasing reports from down south that fentanyl is now found in many prescription drugs bought off prescription, as well as Class A drugs. It's everywhere and people don't know it. If you're spoiled and stupid enough to waste your time and money on ecstasy or cocaine or other Class A drugs, watch out, there's a good chance your drugs are spiked. So if you're dumb enough to take Class A drugs, you're now dumb enough to overdose and not know it.

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Sarah Davison on Jan 21, 2022 at 8:56 am

Safe injection sites, treatment, public awareness, blah blah blah. Surely the emphasis should be on figuring out where the drugs are coming from, who's supplying them, and what the police are doing about it. This is their problem, they're paid to put a stop to this. North America is awash with fentanyl because the Southern border with Mexico is open. There's a flood of this stuff coming in and it's being run by very bad people. The drugs are coming in somehow, and someone is bring them in. How are they getting up here, and who are these people bringing it in? There's a LOT of this stuff around.
There will be significant associated criminality including drug production labs and warehouses, not to mention violence and much more assault, bad assault. What, exactly, are the cops doing about this? Why haven't there been more busts? Or have there, and we just don't know about it? And how is it possible for three people in a tiny, tiny community to be so obviously whacked out and messed up and nobody says or does anything about it?
Speak up, stand up, put a stop to this or it'll destroy this place. Identify those responsible and get the cops to do their jobs. If they won't kick these guys out of town, let's do it ourselves. People are getting hurt, and either this gets fixed or many, many more people get hurt in all sorts of ways, not just by drugs.

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Dave on Jan 21, 2022 at 7:12 am

Target the drug dealers and their talking heads.
Decriminalize it, legalize it. People will do drugs, may as make a bit of cash instead of making it rain tax dollars.

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Moose101 on Jan 21, 2022 at 5:57 am

We don’t care if they choose to do dangerous drugs supported by NDP and liberals. These people do not support the Yukon one bit. If you really want to see how the Yukon population feels, have a vote and see how many people support this so called safe consumption site .

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Mr Facts on Jan 21, 2022 at 5:15 am

Can I just add to my previous comment? There is an actual emergency in this Territory though. It's that a lot of people don't have a family doctor. While this government worries about LGB2QTBMNOP, free drugs for addicts, the seasonal flu lock downs, etc, real people are suffering with a lack of access to timely medical care. The only medical care they seem to care about is, GET YOUR VACCINE, GET YOUR VACCINE, GET YOUR VACCINE. That's if you can even call that shot "medical care".

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Salt on Jan 20, 2022 at 9:32 pm

Stop calling it a “homeless shelter”. The great majority of people there are not homeless. It is a taxpayer provided frat house for addicts.
Simple measures would correct 95% of this bs. Mandatory detox for users/possession. For dealers, first offence is 10 years, second offence is capital punishment.
Some dealer/dealers have killed 6-7 people already this year. As a society why do we accept this?

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Gilles Fortin on Jan 20, 2022 at 9:03 pm


PEOPLE - Stop putting garbage in your bodies!

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Groucho d'North on Jan 20, 2022 at 8:41 pm

So how will they measure progress either forward or back? What metrics will be used?

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bonanzajoe on Jan 20, 2022 at 8:18 pm

John, I totally agree with you. The "safe shoot up drug houses, is an idea straight out of Karl Marx and his communist agenda. How did Canada get to this point?

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bonanzajoe on Jan 20, 2022 at 8:13 pm

Nathan Living, "I hope the message and effort to stop these preventable deaths is successful." Don't count on that. Like so many times before, we will be having this same conversation again and again and again.

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bonanzajoe on Jan 20, 2022 at 8:08 pm

And maybe it's time to rename the homeless centre to the "Hopeless Centre". So far I haven't heard of anything positive coming out of it. And MOVE it out of the City centre. And renovate it into Government offices, so the citizens don't have to go all over town trying to find a government outlet for help. The FN has lots of land just sitting vacant.

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bonanzajoe on Jan 20, 2022 at 8:03 pm

I guess politicians believe the best way to put a fire out is to douse it with gasoline. I notice at least one thing they left out, keeping the pushers incarcerated while awaiting court. And enhancing safe sights may save a few lives, but will only encourage drug use and increase the users. Here's the solution, police stop wasting years trying to put a court case together, arrest the perps immediately and get them permanently off the streets. Stop wasting time/years looking for the big guys. Some of the little guys will snitch on their suppliers. Judges stop your catch and release program. For the addicts, get them to a hospital or something, dry them out and rehabilitate them.

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Vern Schlimbesser on Jan 20, 2022 at 7:51 pm

Just suppose for a moment that the majority of the current population of people prone to this risk are of any one racial origin.
And suppose the Government did supply the drugs for them to continue with an addictive behaviour.
And consider that logically a certain percentage of those people would still die directly or indirectly from those drugs and that behaviour...
At some time in the future the "Government" will be held to account, and comparisons will be made to genocide at that time.
A short term solution in this case, especially one that avoids difficult decisions, is not suitable.

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Jeff Bikaboom on Jan 20, 2022 at 7:51 pm

If everything is an emergency, is anything an emergency? We are in emergency squared right now.

Maybe they should be hit with a 'Significant Tax' if they do not do the right thing and get off the drugs.
Maybe an illuminated sign in front of the supervised consumption site that has stats like on the Yukon Workers' Compensation building will raise awareness.

Provide users with a drug addiction treatment program. But I think we will all have to go into the program. It won't work unless everyone is in it.

It is too bad the government is a one trick pony, there isn't much in their play book to solve real problems. The ability to balance a budget won't help in this situation.

I hope people remember that these are human beings that are dying. They are people's sons and daughters. They are parent's that are leaving kids behind. They deserve compassion, empathy, and help. Hopefully some will choose to accept it. You can lead a horse to water....

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North_of_60 on Jan 20, 2022 at 7:41 pm

This is incredibly ironic considering the fact that the LIB gov response to the C0vid plandemic significantly exacerbated the drug abuse problems in the Yukon.

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Snowball on Jan 20, 2022 at 7:36 pm

@Tmyk lol - like people are going to come up there? Drugs are cheaper in B.C. but your welfare on third Avenue is the best. That's why people will move up there.

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Jim on Jan 20, 2022 at 7:29 pm

So they are throwing around the idea of a safe supply without mentioning if they will be sold or freely handed out. I have no problem if they were to decriminalize drugs. But where I do have an issue is why some will be free and other are a taxed money maker for the government. So what now, if you want to have a party, your booze and pot are going to cost you. If you want a crack party, it will be free? Also why even have a safe consumption site that closes at 7 pm and not open weekends.

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Yes - Anyone could do better… Monkeys and a dart board anyone? on Jan 20, 2022 at 6:00 pm

A 6 year state of emergency? WTF! You have created the MWSUS hub model fiasco and you have failed to hire competent staff. You cannot even get to a point where you have adequate numbers of staff let alone competence.

You have been at this for 2-3 decades now basically doing the same thing - FAILING! And now your lack of planning and succeeding constitutes a state of emergency as if this were somehow the solution - GTFOH!

There are too many politicos in government for this to work. Everybody wants their 15 minutes of fame in this small, nepotistic, and incestuous town. McPhee is merely seeking redemption while the Village Elliot seeks to maintain power.

You will not fix anything when no person is accountable for the consequences of their actions; McPhee, Morgan, Elliot, Silver, …, and the drug users themselves. Everyone can see what is going on! Stop treating us like idiots.

And by the way… Which DMV agent keeps issuing you people Drivers Licenses because I have concerns!

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Who is the mayor of crazy town? on Jan 20, 2022 at 5:16 pm

GTFOH! Low barrier shelters and decriminalization of drugs? Were these overdoses not at the Low Barrier shelter? Did these overdoses not involve drugs? Again, taken at the shelter?

FFS! Are you deliberately goofing us? We already have low barrier shelters, safe injection sites, harm reduction practices, discretionary policing, and a useless revolving door do nothing MWSUS - No you want to give it away free at safe injection sites?

Your turn a blind eye practices are killing our children! Your stupid lockdown, mask mandating, social distancing ignorance has created an unprecedented mental health pandemic!

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Recovering addict on Jan 20, 2022 at 4:55 pm

So hear me out... first of all I am a recovering addict.
I went to Homewood in Guelph, Ontario. It opened my eyes like never before. It was strict and they didn't put up with bs. It was zero tolerance and if you messed up you were out, simple as that. They had you in programs from 7am to 9pm for 90 consecutive days. No personal cell phone except on the weekends where things were a bit more relaxed.
That all said, the main thing and most important thing in my recovery was (and still is) that I WANTED to change. I was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired.
I was also very fortunate that my employer played a big part in supporting my journey.
So building a fancy new building and filling it with elicit drugs (c'mon let's call it what it is) is the wrong direction. Mark my words you will have a bigger "emergency" on your hands... it's already started so better buckle up.
My advice would be to use that fancy new building and operate it like Homewood. It saved my life and I assure you that it will save many other lives... if you WANT it of course... so it's your choice.
Thank you for listening.

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Josey Wales on Jan 20, 2022 at 4:47 pm

Gee...one will never drown if one stays outta the water.
Using state logic...sooo, next time there is a rash of shootings?
Will we all get free guns and ammunition too?


Far too many brain dead “progressive fools” in this machinery of victim hood.
Look south of us to America, liberal cities in absolute decay as they have been for decades. Accommodate drug addicts the community turns to instant shite, like ours did...and continues to.
What next decriminalize break and enter, rape, human trafficking?
Oh wait... too late Roxam Road Quebec is one years long... source of state supporting human trafficking...or liberal voters win, win for the state.

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nomore on Jan 20, 2022 at 4:27 pm

When in our history the "awareness or prevention" made a difference? This approach is not working, never did. As far as I can remember drug usage is ALWAYS going up. It might be a better solution when we shamed users, like back in the days.

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Juniper Jackson on Jan 20, 2022 at 4:23 pm

Suicide or accidental overdose. These folks aren't thinking about what they are doing to themselves and to others. They leave us. But they don't tell our hearts how to go on without them.

Giving them free drugs is causing overdose. Because, whooo hoooo now they have extra, in addition to what they buy. Are the Liberals and White so stupid they actually think if they give you it free you won't buy it too? I know a couple of addicts and they have a 'stash'. They take every free drug they can lay their hands on, but they buy it too. If you are an addict, enough isn't in your vocabulary. But the Liberals like money.. so they spend it on free drugs and a clean place to die. No one is taking advantage of the clean place. They are with their friends.

That being said..It's like pulling teeth out of a chicken to get a pain killer from my Doctor. Depends on what they are pushing, but if i could lay my paws on some T4s, or Gabapentin, I might become a customer myself.

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Jeff Donaldson on Jan 20, 2022 at 4:11 pm

Well there goes the neighborhood...
If it wasn't bad enough for you poor folks in WH the free drugs will open the flood gates.
That should bring down those High House prices... lol

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John on Jan 20, 2022 at 3:09 pm

"There are solutions to the crisis." Yup, there is but one solution - "stop taking drugs - better yet, don't start". It is as simple as that - it is not rocket science. Nor does it require great gobs of money to be thrown around as a solution - something the government and NGO's always favour.

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Mr Facts on Jan 20, 2022 at 3:03 pm

There's that overused and meaningless word again "EMERGENCY". Great, more of our tax dollars going to a "safe supply". What a joke. Maybe stop doing drugs that might kill you.

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Matthew on Jan 20, 2022 at 2:56 pm

Stop pretending to care! This is NOT a new issue here in Yukon. Their solution to the drug problem is to create a safe space to go to shoot up!? What happens when you release extremely high people into the streets after closing time? Entire health care system is at a brink of collapse, not due to a load it can't carry but due to complete misguided people in charge of it... open the economy up and people would get to socialize again and live life freely, and generally be more happy while not living in such dark fears in their own head.

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Nathan Living on Jan 20, 2022 at 2:42 pm

This is an incredibly sad situation for so many people.

The health risk is very high with many drugs but unfortunately many people are still using them with tragic results.
I hope the message and effort to stop these preventable deaths is successful.

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Richard Smith on Jan 20, 2022 at 2:21 pm

Government provided drug "Safe Supply" and an expanded "Supervised Consumption Site" (SCS) is absolutely the wrong way to go. It's like pouring gasoline on a fire to put it out.
Since the SCS in Whitehorse was started a few years ago drug overdose use and deaths have skyrocketed. This is true all over.

For example, when the First SCS in BC was started in 2003 there were 200 drug overdose deaths. In 2021, after additional SCS were put in place, the overdose deaths will be 2000 per year - a 1000% increase.
For a more detailed analysis, google "The Harm in Harm Reduction" by Rufo (2020).

Better law enforcement, drug education and tested programs to get people off drugs is the best ways to decrease drug use and overdose.

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Mike on Jan 20, 2022 at 1:56 pm

So should we all get vaccinated because of the opioid crisis now.

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Holy F@%k on Jan 20, 2022 at 1:56 pm

Don't. Do. Drugs.

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TMYK on Jan 20, 2022 at 1:51 pm

So this government’s answer is free drugs (safe supply)? What a train wreck the Liberals are. No rules at the shelter after they kicked out the Salvation Army. A drug den downtown for users and now more free drugs. Get ready Whitehorse. Addicts are going to start moving here. Think downtown is bad now? You haven’t seen anything.

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