Yukon NDP Calls for Free Naloxone Nasal Spray

WHITEHORSE, November 10, 2021 – The Yukon NDP is celebrating the unanimous support of Motion No. 200, urging the government to act on calls from the Council of Yukon First Nations and frontline NGOs by making naloxone nasal spray publicly available and free of charge at frontline agencies, government facilities, and pharmacies.

“Making naloxone nasal spray available means that more overdoses can be reversed. This motion is about equipping as many people as possible with a life-saving tool. This is about preventing death.

— Kate White, Leader of the Yukon NDP

By August the Yukon had lost 14 people to overdose, all of which involved fentanyl. And the year isn’t over yet. One of the simplest ways to prevent an overdose is by administering nasal naloxone spray. Nasal sprays are easier, and less intimidating to use than needles.

“People are dying and naloxone nasal spray can mean the difference between life and death. It’s a simple decision.”

— Emily Tredger, MLA Whitehorse Centre

Until now, getting naloxone nasal spray has been difficult, expensive, and complicated. From getting a doctor’s appointment, to a prescription, to private insurance coverage – there are so many barriers to saving lives.  

“I think about my work as a frontline worker and the importance of supporting people. It is our responsibility as decision-makers in the Yukon to do what we can to save lives.”

— Annie Blake, MLA Vuntut Gwitchin

The Yukon NDP looks forward to seeing the government make naloxone nasal spray publicly available and free of charge to everyone who needs it. This decision will save lives.

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