11 seek help with addiction since 'Safe Stations' open in Manchester a week ago
MANCHESTER - Less than one week into the city opening "safe stations" for addicts, 11 people have sought out help at the city's 10 fire stations.
According to EMS Officer Christopher Hickey, 11 people have come in seeking access. Two of those had to be transported to Catholic Medical Center and nine went directly to the HOPE Recovery Center for help with their addictions. Of those 11, seven were from Manchester and four were from out of town (Boscawen, Concord, Lanconia, and Rochester).
The Safe Station program launched May 4 and designates each fire station in the Queen City as a place where people can go to get connected with treatment services. The person will undergo a basic evaluation from a firefighter while the station calls over the radio "Code Hope." "Code Hope" means a call will be made to an alcohol and drug counselor, who will help the person get into treatment.
The idea was born just a few weeks ago when a firefighter's family member was dealing with their own addiction and was running out of hope. That firefighter invited the person to the station, made phone calls and within 48 hours the person was in a 30-day treatment program.
"Safe Station" is a partnership between the office of Mayor Ted Gatsas, the Board of Aldermen, Catholic Medical Center, American Medical Response and Hope for New Hampshire Recovery.