It’s going to take the community’: Yukon faces Canada’s worst toxic drug death rate – CP24

March 30, 2023

When the doors close at night at the administration office at Yukon’s Carcross Tagish First Nation, a van hits the road and drives through the communities to offer naloxone to reverse overdoses, drug testing kits, food and even a friendly face to help those struggling because of the opioid crisis.

The nation’s director of health and wellness, Stacey Robinson-Brown, said the new outreach van — a common tool in larger Canadian urban centres — is run three days a week to get more “boots on the ground” after-hours and connect with people who might need support in the communities with a population of just over 700 people.

“Not all crises happen before 5 p.m.” she said.

Robinson-Brown said they want to meet people where they are and perhaps help pull them back from deep waters to start a healthier life.

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