Minister of Health and Social Services Tracy-Anne McPhee has issued the following statement:
“August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day. Today is an opportunity for the Yukon to continue to work together to prevent overdoses, support Yukoners struggling with substance use, remember those, without stigma, who have died and acknowledge the grief of family, friends, loved ones and communities left behind.
“Our territory has been overwhelmed by the loss of life due to substance use, mental health issues and the suffering that many people in our communities face every day.
“This journey represents a considerable challenge that requires us all to work together as local, territorial and federal governments, First Nations, community partners and Yukoners to respond immediately to public health needs and create stronger, more inclusive and healthier communities.
“We are all united by the same mission, to end the overdose crisis and reduce suffering, save lives and help Yukoners live happier and healthier.”
Never use alone, phone the National Opioid Response Service at 1-888-688-6677. This anonymous service will have someone stay on the phone with you so you can use safer.
If you are thinking of changing or managing your opioid use the Opioid Treatment Services can help, call 867-668-2552.
Rapid Access Counselling is available to all Yukoners. Phone 867-456-3838 to make a counselling appointment within 72 hours.