Opioid epidemic’s latest statistics

January was an encouraging month for Nashua and Manchester in the fight against opioid overdoses.

Safe Stations programs in New Hampshire’s two largest cities are reporting a continued decline in the number of overdoses.

When looking at combined suspected opioid overdoses for the two cities, there were 63 total ODs with four fatalities. According to American Medical Response, last month was the lowest amount of suspected opioid ODs since February 2017 in Manchester and April 2017 in Nashua.

In January, Nashua saw a total of 20 suspected opioid ODs with two fatalities. There were 22 suspected OD’s and three fatalities in January 2017.

According to AMR, suspected opioid ODs are 9 percent lower compared to the same year-to-date period from last year. Also, when comparing the same period in 2017 there was a 33 percent decrease in fatal overdoses.

Manchester also saw a decrease in fatal overdoses. In January, there were 43 suspected opioid ODs in Manchester with three fatalities, compared to 31 suspected ODs and five fatalities at this time last year.

According to AMR, year-to-date suspected opioid ODs in Manchester are 34 percent higher compared to the year-to-date period from last year. However, there’s a 50 percent decrease in total number of fatal overdoses in Manchester compared to the same period in 2017.

There have been 1,423 total visits to Nashua’s Safe Stations since operation began in November 2016. The Manchester Safe Station, which began in May 2016, has had 3,051 total visits as of Jan. 25.

Adam Urquhart can be reached at 594-1206 or aurquhart@nashuatelegraph.com.

Nashua’s Statistics

2015: Total overdoses; 253. Fatalities; 20. Fatality percentage; 8 percent.

2016: Total overdoses; 353. Fatalities; 36. Fatality percentage; 10 percent.

2017: Total overdoses; 294. Fatalities; 37. Fatality percentage; 13 percent.

2018: Total overdoses; 20. Fatalities; 2. Fatality percentage; 10 percent.