The facility will be located at 6189 6th Avenue in Whitehorse, a central, accessible location that will meet the needs of clients.The Yukon government will be engaging with residents, local businesses, First Nations governments and non-governmental organizations about the importance of the new facility.
Supervised consumption sites provide a safe and supportive place for people who use drugs to consume illicit substances in the presence of trained health professionals.The Government of Yukon is working to partner with Blood Ties Four Directions Centre on the operational management and programing at the new site.
"I feel like I've been saying the same thing for a long time now — this is a crisis that is not going away,"-"Harm-reduction measures can save lives."
- Kwanlin Dün First Nation Chief Doris Bill
We have lost far too many Yukoners as a result of drug overdoses. Opening a supervised consumption site builds on our government’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis and support Yukoners through a harm reduction approach. As we work to open this site, we will be engaging in conversations with local residents, businesses, First Nations and other partners in the community to share information about the value of this important space.
-Minister of Health and Social Services Tracy-Anne McPhee
- Supervised consumption sites do not provide substances for people to use.
- Since 2016, Yukon has had 44 opioid-related deaths; 33 included fentanyl. Opioid-related visits to the emergency department made up 67 per cent of all overdose visits between 2016 and 2020.
- Take home naloxone kits and training on how to use them are available across Yukon for free. Since 2016, 11,852 have been distributed.
- Yukon will be the sixth jurisdiction in Canada to open a supervised consumption site, joining British Columbia, Ontario, Alberta, Québec and Saskatchewan.
- To receive a naloxone kit and training for how to use it click here