Overdose fatalities down in Nashua

Opioid-related deaths half that of last year during same two-month period

Staff photo by Damien Fisher The Safe Station sign above the entrance at the Nashua Fire and Rescue headquarters on East Hollis Street.

NASHUA – While Nashua ambulance personnel encountered 14 percent more suspected opioid overdose cases in January and February than it did for the same period last year, the number of opioid-related deaths dropped from six last year to three this year, according to statistics provided by American Medical Response exeuctive director Christopher Stawasz.

A similar pattern emerged in Manchester, where AMR personnel treated 36 percent more suspected opioid overdoses in January and February than for the same period in 2017, while its nine suspected opioid deaths this year is one fewer than in January and February 2017.

The numbers also show that Nashua had only one fatal overdose in February, out of a total of 27 suspected overdoses.

The number of suspected ODs in January and February currently stands at 42, compared with 48 for the same period last year.

There were five fatal opioid overdoses in Manchester in February out of 52 suspected overdoses. But for January and February combined, the number of suspected ODs jumped from 75 last year to 102 this year, the numbers show.

Nashua’s Safe Stations program, meanwhile, has served 1,508 individuals as of the end of February.

The Station 1 firehouse on Amherst Street served 70 individuals in January and February, while the Station 4 house on East Hollis Street served 62, and Station 2 on Lake Street served 46 in the two-month period.

Since Safe Stations was launched in Nashua in November 2016, Station 4 has served 542 people, slightly more than Station 1, with 535. Station 2 is third with 276 people served.

In Manchester, more than 3,100 individuals have been served since Safe Stations was launched there in May 2016.

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