Town hall meeting called in Mayo, Yukon, to talk about drug crisis – CBC

Mar 20, 2023

Meeting follows double homicide earlier this month, and First Nation’s declaration of an opioid emergency

The mayor of Mayo, Yukon, has called a town hall meeting for Monday evening to talk about drugs and violence in the community, in the wake of this month’s double homicide.

Two people were shot and killed in the remote community on March 11. Nobody has been arrested.

The violence has deeply shaken people in the small community that was already grappling with an ongoing drug crisis. Police have not directly tied the homicides this month to the drug trade, but they have referred to the Yukon’s substance use emergency in talking about the investigation.

The First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun has also drawn a connection, passing a resolution last week declaring a substance use emergency in Mayo and calling for a number of strict measures to try to quell the local drug trade. The resolution states that the opioid emergency is “terrorizing” the public with “violence, crime, overdose and death.”

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