I’m Peter Krykant, a former homeless injecting drug user. I turned an old ambulance into a consumption room for other users in Glasgow (the drug death capital of Europe). AMA!
Hi Reddit, I’m Peter Krykant, I’m a former homeless injecting drug user. I spent 10 months driving a converted ambulance around Glasgow, allowing drug users to inject drugs in the ambulance in a safe and supervised way. I set this up entirely myself, with no backing from local authorities or the Scottish or UK government.
Scotland has the highest amount of drug deaths in Europe, with over 1300 deaths in the last year. I could no longer stand by and let more people die so I set up my ambulance as an overdose prevention service, an internationally recognised way to prevent drug deaths that sadly has no support from any UK political party.
Running the service had a huge financial and emotional impact and I lost my job. But I now work as a project lead for Cranstoun, a charity helping to create changes in the system to support those most in need
I shared my experiences in a new documentary by PoliticsJOE about the phenomenon of men dying in Scotland from alcohol, drugs, and suicide. The leading causes of death among 15–44 year-old men in the country are drug-related deaths and suicide and Scotland is now the drug death capital of Europe. Since the 1980s, deaths from heart disease, cancer and stroke have fallen dramatically, while those from alcohol, suicide and, particularly, drugs have risen to record-breaking levels. PoliticsJOE’s new film What’s Killing Scottish Men? aims to explore why.
I'll be answering questions from 4pm GMT. AMA!
Check out the documentary here.
And the long read by Oli Dugmore here.
EDIT: Thanks for that guys, I've got to go and pick up my kids. Make sure you check out the documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pvCj-_g5AM