Safe Station 2017: A year of progress in an unwavering battle against addiction

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Former U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, far right, watches during a 2016 ride along with MPD to witness the heroin epidemic firsthand. She witnessed one person who had taken what seemed to be a fatal overdose, and watched as AMR and MFD did CPR and brought the person back. Safe Station was launched three months later. Photo/Jeffrey Hastings

MANCHESTER, NH – The following is a year-end summary of 2017 suspected opioid OD statistics & Safe Station visits for Nashua and Manchester.

The total combined suspected opioid OD’s for December 2017 in the state’s two largest cities of Nashua and Manchester was 75 with 9 of those being fatalities.

2017 was a year of significant progress in reducing deaths and continuing to provide rapid single point access to people seeking recovery services. That progress was a direct result of many, many individuals and entities working tirelessly and without pause.

On a personal note, I could not be prouder of the men and women of AMR, Nashua & Manchester Fire and Nashua & Manchester Police who deal head on with these situations every single day throughout the year. They have seen more incredibly sad circumstances than most people can ever imagine as a result of this crisis.  Their dedication to savings lives and improving the communities they serve has not wavered.


NOTABLE 2017 YEAR END SUMMARY

  • 2017 Manchester suspected opioid OD deaths decreased 27% from 2016.
  • 2017 Nashua suspected opioid OD’s decreased 17% from 2016.
  • 2017 layperson Narcan® use prior to AMR or Fire arrival skyrocketed from 2016 when Narcan® first became publicly available and we began to track its use on calls.  Layperson Narcan® use in Nashua was up over 300% and up over 400% in Manchester.

NASHUA – DECEMBER 2017

  • For the month of December 2017 there were a total of 24 suspected opioid OD’s in Nashua with 2 of those being fatal.

NASHUA – 2017 SUMMARY

  • 2017 Nashua suspected opioid OD’s were 293. That is a 17% decrease.
  • 2017 Nashua suspected opioid OD deaths were 37.  That is a 3% increase.
  • 2017 Narcan® administered by AMR & Nashua Fire was 696.9 mg.  That is a 17% decrease.
  • 2017 Narcan® reported administered by laypersons prior to the arrival of AMR or Fire was 63.0 mg.  That is a 315% increase.
  • Total Nashua Safe Station visits for 2017 were 1,267.  People sought help 106 times in December. Since the Nashua program began operation November 17, 2016 people have sought help 1,318 times.

MANCHESTER – DECEMBER 2017

  • For the month of December 2017 there were a total of 51 suspected opioid OD’s in Manchester with 7 of those being fatal.

MANCHESTER – 2017 SUMMARY

  • 2017 Manchester suspected opioid OD’s were 874. That is an 11% increase.
  • 2017 Manchester suspected opioid OD deaths were 66. That is a 27% decrease.
  • 2017 Narcan® administered by AMR & Manchester Fire was 2,502.6 mg.  That is a 23% increase.
  • 2017 Narcan® reported administered by laypersons prior to the arrival of AMR or Fire was 232.0 mg.  That is a 442% increase.
  • Total Manchester Safe Station visits for 2017 through December 29, 2016 were 1,922.  People sought help 131 times in December 2017.  Since the Manchester program began on May 4, 2016 people have sought help 2,898 times.









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