Statement from MLA Geraldine Van Bibber on the Opioid Crisis

“Our sincere condolences go out to all Yukoners who have been affected by the opioid crisis in our Territory.

“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 sitting of the Legislative Assembly on behalf of Mayo residents, there is a proven deep concern and a cry for help.

“We commend the people who participated in the march and vigils held this past weekend on January 15 to draw attention to the situation of drug abuse.  Also thank you to those groups that provide around the clock support for people in need of drug and alcohol addiction care.

“We urge the Liberal Government to take charge and provide extensive addiction treatment within the Territory so all can access assistance closer to home.  Meetings and summits are pointless when we are losing people at this rate – action instead of words are needed now.

“Our prayers go out to all the families who have lost loved ones, and those who are struggling today. 

“We hear you.”


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