WHITEHORSE – The Official Opposition is calling on the Government of Yukon to develop a plan to address the growing opioid crisis in the territory.
New data shows that the three territories have the highest number of opioid poisoning hospitalizations per capita across the country. Despite the issue being raised by the Official Opposition several times in the Legislative Assembly there has still been no clear path forward identified by this government.
“We have asked the government what it is doing to resolve this issue and if they, like other jurisdictions, are seeking additional funding from Ottawa to deal with the growing opioid crisis. So far we have not received a clear answer,” stated Official Opposition Health Critic Patti McLeod. “In follow-up, and in light of this new information, I urge the Minister to take a clear position and to come up with a plan to show Yukoners her government is taking this crisis seriously.”
Further, the Official Opposition believes that increased pressure on RCMP resources needs to be taken into account if the government wants to address the crisis properly. In a letter sent to the Minister of Justice on July 14, Official Opposition Justice Critic Brad Cathers urged the government to reassess needs within the RCMP, Victim Services, and the Coroner’s Office to ensure they are properly equipped to deal with this ongoing opioid crisis.
“It’s time for the Minister of Health and the Minister of Justice to step up and make it a priority to address this issue and prevent further deaths linked to fentanyl in Yukon,” added Cathers.