Safe Station July update: Fundraising efforts, and spike in non-opioid ODs

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Manchester EMS Director Chris Hickey goes Over the Edge to raise money for Safe Station.

MANCHESTER, NH – This week’s updated Safe Station statistics are below.

But first, an  update on the totals raised by Granite United Way’s Team Safe Station, a group of seven community leaders and even a reporter, who went “Over the Edge” and repelled 24 stories from the top of the Brady Sullivan building in downtown Manchester to the sidewalk below to help raise money for the program.

So far they’ve raised $6,360 of their $10,500 fundraising goal, money which will go toward keeping the work of Safe Station going, which is focused on helping people find treatment and recovery programs for drug or alcohol addiction.

It’s not too late to give.

The event took place on July 28 and was an active exercise in fundraising for local charities. You can read more here.

Team Safe Station members included: Chief Dan Goonan,  Manchester Fire Department; Chris Hickey, Manchester Fire Department; Mollie Markins, Granite United Way; Patrick Tufts, Granite United Way; Dan Katz, Texas Instruments; Matt Kfoury, Central Paper Products; Paul Feely, New Hampshire Union Leader.

Safe Station Update

Overall, July overdoses are down from June and also from this time last year so far, according to Chris Hickey’s latest statistical update. 

There were 70 reported overdoses in July today, with two fatalities, compared with 81 overdoses in July of 2016 and eight fatalities. Final July totals will be provided Aug. 1.

However, if you examine the graphic above, you will see that while the number of opioid overdoses are down year over year, there is an increase in non-opioid and prescription drug overdoses as well as the resurgence of spice, DMT (Dimethyltryptamine) and Meth.

To date, there have been 2,038 total visits to Safe Station since its inception in May of 2016, with 1,423 of those being unique or non-repeat visitors. 

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