‘One death, we learn to deal with it. Multiple deaths was so hard.’ – Cabin Radio

June 11, 2024

In Fort McPherson, residents say a drug addiction crisis is driven by housing issues, decades-long lifestyle changes rooted in colonization, and the brazen activity of dealers.

Located above the Arctic Circle along the Peel River, the hamlet is struggling to support the mental health of its 750 residents.

Last November, the community-wide mental health crisis crossed a threshold when five residents lost their lives to overdoses in the span of one month.

Residents say addiction is just one symptom of larger, systemic issues facing their community. One told Cabin Radio they feel helpless amid a surge of illicit drugs and alcohol flowing north.

Ninety-year-old Robert Alexie Sr says he was born and raised in simpler times, and large shifts in the way people live have ultimately hurt his community.

Read More: https://cabinradio.ca/184186/news/politics/one-death-we-learn-to-deal-with-it-multiple-deaths-was-so-hard/

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