'Our people are dying': Mayo residents say Yukon gov't efforts to address substance use fall short

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Warning: this story discusses suicide

Don Hutton says he wonders if having better health services in Mayo, Yukon, might have saved his son, Frank, who lost his life to suicide more than a year ago. 

Hutton is among several residents of Mayo, approximately 400 kilometres from Whitehorse and home to Na-Cho Nyäk Dun First Nation, who are decrying a lack of on-site treatment and support as the opioid crisis continues to grip the small community. For Mayo, the crisis is not only about toxic drugs, but also about overall addiction including alcohol.

“My son made a decision to put a needle in his arm,” Hutton, who was born and raised in Mayo, told CBC News.

“Maybe he wouldn’t have made

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