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Change the conversation

Change the conversation

People who use drugs occasionally are at great risk of overdosing. Inform yourself about opioids and the risks for Yukoners who use them.

Many Yukoners know someone affected by substance use, or someone affected by an overdose-related death of a friend, family member or co-worker. We know that approximately 11 Canadians die every day from apparent opioid-related incidents.

There’s a direct link between reducing the stigma of drug use and people getting help when they want and need it. You can help by simply choosing supportive instead of judgmental words, and talking more openly about substance use with people in your life.

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You can begin to change by simply being aware of the way you talk and act towards people who use drugs.

  • Learn about substance-use disorders and recognize them as a medical condition (chronic disease) that deserves care and treatment just like other diseases, such as diabetes or heart disease.
  • Be respectful, compassionate and caring toward people who use drugs.
  • Do not judge someone who uses drugs, as you may not know the whole story of their journey.
  • Be open-minded and do not let your opinions or assumptions colour the way you think of someone.
  • Change the way you talk about drug use, and choose your words carefully.

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For more information, get in touch with us.

Mental Wellness and Substance Use Services

Our office in Whitehorse is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 867-456-3838

Phone toll free from the communities: 1-866-456-3838


Withdrawal management:

You can speak with us Monday through Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Phone: 867-667-8473

Phone toll free from the communities: 1-866-456-3838

If you have questions about opioids or drug use, phone 867-667-5777, or toll free 1-800-661-0408 extension 5777.

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