It’s based off of a U.S. model that has shown success in getting current users into treatment and getting them clean on the other side. In the program, either the overdose victims themselves or friends and family can ask for the help of a peer support worker.
“We want to make sure there are as few barriers as possible,” said Kerr. “The core pathway will be in that 24 to 48 hours after the overdose.”
The workers are required to undergo some training, although they are not required to be licensed counsellors. The life experience, Kerr said, is often more than enough to be able to relate to the recent overdose victim.
“It’s a perfect time to have someone visit them with lived experience; someone who has maybe been in their shoes.”