Record use of Manchester Safe Station during September 2018

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Statistical chart comparing year-over-year fatal overdoses recorded for Manchester.

MANCHESTER, NH — People used a Manchester fire station as an access point to obtain substance use disorder (SUD) recovery services a record 214 times in September. Individuals from all across NH sought access to SUD recovery services in September 2018 through the Manchester program. The Manchester Safe Station program averaged more than seven people a day seeking access to SUD recovery services in September. The Manchester Safe Station program has been used as an access point to SUD recovery services over 1,300 times so far in 2018.

Since the Manchester Safe Station program began on May 4, 2016, it has been used 4,244 times as an access point to obtain SUD recovery services. The Manchester Safe Station program provides 24/7 non-judgmental, safe, rapid access to SUD recovery services through the combined efforts of the Manchester Fire Department, American Medical Response, Granite Pathways, both city hospitals and many other SUD providers in the state.

Opioid overdose deaths in Manchester have dropped 29 percent in the last 365 days and overall opioid overdoses are down 15 percent during that same period. The City of Nashua also operates a Safe Station program. The Nashua Safe Station program also provides 24/7 non-judgmental, safe, rapid access to SUD recovery services through the combined efforts of Nashua Fire Rescue, American Medical Response, Harbor Homes, both city hospitals and many other SUD providers in the state. Opioid overdose deaths in Nashua have dropped 26 percent in the last 365 days and overall opioid overdoses are down 8 percent during that same period. The Nashua Safe Station program has been used as an access point to SUD recovery services over 900 times so far in 2018. Since the Nashua Safe Station program began on November 17, 2016, it has been used 2,291 times as an access point to obtain SUD recovery services.