Pancake breakfast benefits Safe Stations

NASHUA – The city’s Safe Stations program is getting a syrupy boost this week, as Harbor Homes will be hosting a pancake breakfast to raise money for the life-saving program.

Harbor Homes and Keystone Hall, both part of the Partnership for Successful Living, are teaming up for Friday’s pancake breakfast to support Safe Stations. The fundraiser will run from 7-11 a.m. at Harbor Homes located at 45 High St.

Safe Stations was started in Nashua on Nov. 17, 2016, modeled on the program started last year in Manchester, as a way to combat the city’s opioid addiction crisis. Anytime day or night, someone dealing with addiction can go to any fire station in the city and get help.

The program, which works in conjunction with Harbor Homes, has helped more than 100 people in Nashua since it started.

Firefighters provide a quick assessment of the person coming in to determine whether emergency medical care may be needed. Then, texts, emails and phone calls are initiated to on-call Harbor Home staff. Within 20 minutes, a trained Harbor Homes recovery support provider responds in person to transport the participant to one of three locations, where substance use disorder treatment, behavioral and primary health care, and emergency shelter will be provided.

Nashua has seen a drop in the number of opioid-related overdoses since Safe Stations started, and a drop in the number of overdose fatalities.

Tickets for the breakfast are available in advance online for $10, or are $15 at the door. For online ticket information, visit www.nhpartnership.org

Damien Fisher can be reached at 594-1245 or dfisher@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_DF.