Opioid Deaths

Yukon’s Chief Coroner Heather Jones addresses the media during a press conference in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory on April 22, 2021. (Submitted)

Officials call for renewed opioid action plan

More harm reduction measures needed, says Hanley


Jesse Whelen, Blood Ties Four Directions harm reduction councillor, demonstrates how the organization tests for fentanyl in drugs in Whitehorse on May 12, 2020. The Yukon Coroner’s Service has confirmed three drug overdose deaths and one probable overdose death since mid-January. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Three overdose deaths caused by “varying levels of cocaine and fentanyl,” coroner says

Heather Jones says overdoses continue to take lives at an “alarming rate”


Number of overdose deaths increasing substantially

13 deaths since January, compared to six in all of 2019