The Yukon Government is moving forward with one of the confidence and supply agreement projects.
The Yukon Government is preparing to launch a new supervised consumption site as laid out in the government's Confidence and Supply Agreement.
Yukon NDP Whitehorse Centre MLA Emily Tredger says the NDP has been working for a place that Yukoners can safely receive trauma-informed care for substance issues, and the new consumption site will allow for that.
"I think that it's a really ideal site, in that it's downtown and easily accessible. I think it's a great site and I hope that it will be in place for a long time."
Mental Wellness and Substance Use Services Director Cameron Grandy says the new government facility will be located along 6th Avenue in Whitehorse, offering a central, accessible location that will meet the needs of clients.
"They can bring their illicit substances with them and they will have a hygenic, supervised place where they can safely consume the substances."
Grandy says negotiations for support workers and on-site nursing are still underway.
Yukon NDP Centre MLA Emily Tredger says this is a win for Yukoners, as the opioid crisis has already claimed too many lives.