He’s being called the “harm reduction hero,” Surrey man Doug Nickerson has saved more than a 100 people thanks to Naloxone kits.
Dr. Jane Buxton with the B.C. Centre for Disease Control credits the Take Home Naloxone program which began back in 2012.
“He happens to be in an area where people are overdosing and people know he’s there, they call for his help and he is there with his kit,” she says.
She says the kits have already reversed 3,000 overdoses.
A total of 2,500 kits are distributed weekly across the province.
The idea of the take-home program is that it will rescue people until help arrives, Buxton explains.
She says having people with “lived experience” contribute to the program is important.
“When they’re being trained, one of the reasons they often give is that their life has been saved by someone else and they want to return the favour. Doug provides insight at our committee meetings….we need people with lived experience to tell us what’s going on.”
Buxton recommends that if people are going to be using substances, that they do so when other people are around and that someone has naloxone on them.
“People like Doug care about their community……and are willing to go that extra mile to help save people.”
She says it’s great to see the community coming together and supporting it.
Three hundred and eighty-four sites across B.C. receive take-home Naloxone kits weekly.
With files from Isabella Zavarise