Rui Salvador, interviewed for Notícias Magazine
Rui Salvador, APDES Peer Educator that has been a part of GIRUGaia harm reduction team since last year, was interviewed for Noticias Magazine on February 16th, 2020.
The piece is entitled “Surviving Overdose”, and calls attention to the fact that, in 2019, one person died every 28 hours in Portugal due to overdose of legal and ilicit drugs.
Despite this, the main focus of journalist José Miguel Gaspar is the overdose experience of Rui Salvador and Rui Coimbra (from CASO Portugal) and how they faced life after being given a second chance.
The paragraph pictures is entitled: Rui reinvented himself, he is an exemplary Peer Educator
With life reinvented, he’s stretched thin helping others like he used to be: works in the afternoons and evenings as a peer in Contacto, in Rua da Banharia, Porto city center, in social solidarity institution ran by SAOM – Seriços de Assistência Organizações de Maria that serves 150 beneficiaries per month. He also works in the morning with the harm reduction team GiruGaia, that has a methodone program, where he uses his lived experience to reach people in difficult situations like he used to be in. He is getting ready to sign a contract to work at APDES, Agência Piaget para o Desenvolvimento, an NGO created in 2004 in Gaia that aims to provide better access to health, employment and education of vulnerable people that use ilicit psychoactive substances and/or are sex workers.
“It is a gift that I have to give back, says Rui Salvador, “I was saved, they didn’t give up on me” – and, with the eyes filled with memory, he repeats the name of the pschycologist that saved hum, Sílvia Azevedo, of Arrimo, “a very beautiful, very beatiful woman, Sílvia Azevedo”. And Rui, an altruist filled with kindness, gathers himself and concludes, that life is only in the future: “Now I have to save as many people as I can. This is what I’m going to do while I’m alive”.