MANCHESTER, NH – Six people were revived from unconsciousness Wednesday using Narcan after they overdosed on heroin, police said.
First responders answered six calls within a six-hour span, noting that there has been an above-average number of overdose calls this month.
Manchester Police responded to a Myrtle Street address for a heroin overdose at 4:15 p.m. Sept. 23. A 42-year-old male was unconscious when his friend called for help. Narcan was used and he regained consciousness before being transported to an area hospital.
The next overdose occurred at 6:15 p.m. on Granite Street, under the I-293 overpass. The arrested subject, Eric Beauchemin, 30, of New Boston, was operating a motor vehicle at the time of the incident. A detail officer observed Beauchemin in his 2014 Ford Escape and noticed he appeared to be slumped over the steering wheel, stopped in traffic. Emergency personnel arrived on scene and administered Narcan, which allowed him to regain consciousness. An uncapped needle was located inside of the motor vehicle. He was transported to an area hospital and charged with operating under the influence of drugs. He was scheduled to appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on October 27, 2015.
Units then responded to a Pleasant Street address for the third overdose of the evening at 6:40 p.m. Upon arrival, they treated a 29-year-old man who required Narcan to aid in regaining consciousness. He was transported to a local hospital and monitored due to the administration of Narcan. The fourth heroin overdose occurred less than five minutes later in the parking lot of the Amory Street Domino’s Pizza. Manchester Fire personnel from Station 6 located a male subject lying face down in the parking lot of Domino’s Pizza. The 33-year-old man was unconscious at the time, so they administered Narcan to revive him. He was also transported to an area hospital.
The fifth and sixth overdose calls occurred at the same Merrimack Street apartment building, inside of two separate apartments. Both overdose victims were 59 years of age and not related. It is unknown if they know one another, but both men were found by family members in their respective apartments at the time of the call. The first call came in at 9: 35 p.m. and the second call was dispatched at 9:45 p.m. Both men required Narcan to regain consciousness. One of the men stated he used Fentanyl, which is a synthetic opioid. Overall, six people were treated for opiate/opioid overdoses within a six hour period. None of the calls resulted in fatalities, police said.
Lt. Brian O’Keefe said Manchester Police have responded to approximately 80-85 overdoses in September, which is the highest number in one month since the start of the year.
“We have had eight suspected fatalities this month, so six overdose calls in a six-hour time frame is a bit high. Take 80 overdose calls in the 24 days of September and that averages out to about 3.33 OD calls a day, so again six in a few hours is higher than usual,” O’Keefe said.
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