Emergency responders: Overdose deaths down in Manchester
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Emergency responders in Manchester, New Hampshire, say the number of overdose deaths decreased by 27 percent last year from 2016.
WMUR-TV reports the ambulance service American Medical Response says the total number of overdoses, including non-fatal ones, went up by 11 percent in 2017.
It says the use of Narcan by emergency personnel to treat overdoses was down 23 percent. However, its use by people not professionally or specifically trained to administer it was up by 442 percent since 2016.
The service says the Safe Station program, which allows any person dealing with addiction to walk into a city firehouse 24 hours a day to seek help, was visited 1,267 times in Nashua and 1,922 times in Manchester. Both stations were set up in 2016.
Information from: WMUR-TV, http://wmur.com