‘It’s going to take the community’: Yukon faces Canada’s worst toxic drug death rate

‘It’s going to take the community’: Yukon faces Canada’s worst toxic drug death rate

It’s going to take the community to confront Canada’s worst toxic drug death rate in the Yukon. According to the territory’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Brendan Hanley, the rate of drug-related deaths in the Yukon is three times the national average.

In the past year alone, the Yukon has seen 14 drug-related deaths, a significant increase from the two reported in the previous year. The spike in these deaths is largely attributed to the presence of fentanyl, an opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin.

The Yukon Health and Social Services Minister Pauline Frost said that her government is taking action to address this issue. She noted that the government has been working with first responders and health officials to develop a strategy to prevent drug-related deaths in the territory.

The government has been providing funding to support organizations that are providing harm reduction and addiction services to those in need. These services include needle exchange programs, naloxone training, and overdose response kits.

The Yukon government is also focusing on education and awareness. It has launched a public awareness campaign called “Know Your Dose” to educate residents about the risks of fentanyl and other opioids.

The government is also taking steps to ensure that those struggling with addiction have access to the services and supports they need. The territory has increased funding for addictions and mental health services, and has established a task force to review and improve services for those struggling with addiction.

The government is also working to ensure that those who are addicted can access the help they need, when they need it. It has partnered with local organizations to open the Yukon’s first supervised consumption site, which will provide a safe space for people to use drugs while having access to medical care.

The Yukon government recognizes that the drug-related deaths in the territory are a symptom of a much larger problem. The territory is working to reduce poverty, improve housing, and create a more inclusive society to support those who are most vulnerable.

The Yukon government acknowledges that this issue cannot be solved by government alone. It’s going to take the entire community, including individuals, families, health care professionals, and other stakeholders, to confront this problem and ensure the health and safety of residents.