Yukon dialogue on opioid crisis wraps up with calls for change

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A drug policy expert says the Yukon government’s promise to implement a supervised drug consumption site and safe drug supply policy are “heartening.”

The two policies were part of the NDP’s conditions for supporting the Yukon Liberals in the Legislative Assembly. Under terms of the two parties’ confidence and supply agreement, the safe consumption site is to be set up by August and the safe supply should be in place within the next six months.

Donald MacPherson of the Canadian Drug Policy said such policies are part of a broader move away from punitive approaches to illicit drugs.

“It’s absolutely critical that we move towards a system that does

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