Two other drug overdose deaths were reported

Though there’s no official word yet from Yukon Medical Examiner Heather Jones, there were reportedly two more drug overdose deaths in Whitehorse overnight.

Through Tim Gulck on January 19, 2022

Though there’s no official word yet from Yukon Medical Examiner Heather Jones, there were reportedly two more drug overdose deaths in Whitehorse overnight.

Jennifer Mitchell told the star late this morning that someone familiar with the situation told her two young women had died overnight at the Alexander Street homeless shelter on Fourth Avenue.

Mitchell said one of the women was from Old Crow.

She also said her nephew was one of the Carcross residents who died of an overdose last week.

He was one of three deaths of Carcross residents that prompted the Carcross-Tagish First Nation government to declare a state of emergency.

Mitchell has an unfortunate history of drug-related problems, as her 17-year-old daughter died of an overdose three years ago.

The shelter referred the starling to the Yukon government for more information, but no one was available to deliver.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tracy-Anne McPhee told CBC Yukon earlier this week the government plans to declare a state of emergency over substance abuse in the coming days to free up more resources to deal with the so-called opioid crisis.

Just last week, McPhee and the acting Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Catherine Elliott, against toxic street drugs circulating in the Yukon.

One of the main ingredients in the toxic drugs is benzodiazepine, they said.

The star tried to contact Jones this month amid overdose stories circulating, but she hasn’t returned calls or emails.

She has reported that from January 1 to November 26, 2021 in the Yukon, 21 deaths were attributed to drug overdoses.

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