Nashua Safe Stations
Each Nashua, NH Fire Station is a designated safe environment for the individuals seeking assistance looking for treatment to start their path to recovery. At any time of day or night a person seeking help with substance misuse can go to any NFD Station and speak to the Firefighters on duty. The Firefighters will arrange for or provide a medical assessment and if there is an acute medical emergency the patient will be further assessed by Nashua’s contracted 911 service AMR and transported to a nearby hospital or appropriate level medical facility.
As most city hospital Emergency Rooms may be overwhelmed with patients, this program assists by assessing the appropriate level of care to address the need of individuals seeking assistance that may not need immediate medical attention, but need immediate help.
Safe Stations Locations
|Amherst Street||15 Amherst Street||1|
|Lake Street||177 Lake Street||2|
|Spit Brook Road||124 Spit Brook Road||3|
|East Hollis Street||70 East Hollis Street||4|
|Airport Station||101 Pine Hill Road||5|
|Conant Road||2 Conant Road||6|
|Dispatch Center||38 Lake Street||7|
Information provided by the City of Nashua Safe Stations website.
What are opioids?
Opioids form a class of drug that includes powerful pain medications, such as oxycodone, morphine, and fentanyl. The illegal drug heroin is also an opioid. Some opioids are derived from opium poppies, while others are synthetic.
Increasingly, fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are illegally manufactured and distributed alongside or mixed with heroin. Many opioid-related deaths involve more than one type of drug.
Doctors prescribe opioids because the drugs are highly effective as painkillers. But they are also highly addictive.
How did the crisis begin?
Many experts trace the roots of the opioid crisis to the over-prescription of opioid pain relievers, beginning in the late 1990’s. Health experts now recognize that prescription opioids are dangerously addictive. Many doctors have taken steps to limit opioid prescriptions, and prescription rates have decreased every year since 2010.
Legal prescription opioids are just one side of the epidemic. Even as the prescription opioid supply is constrained, the illegal supply has rapidly expanded to meet the demand. Heroin and black-market fentanyl are often cheaper and more accessible than legal prescription opioids. Studies have shown that prescription opioid use is a strong predictor of later heroin use: three out of four new heroin users have previous misuse of prescription opioids.
Nashua Safe Stations
Safe Stations was initiated in the City of Nashua in late November, 2016. Since that time, there have been over 3,200 walk-ins to Nashua fire stations with individuals seeking assistance with a substance use disorder.
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