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Jul 14, 2016 12:41 PM

Despite increase in NH opioid-related deaths, 1 town seeing a decrease in 2016


FARMINGTON - Despite state numbers showing an increase in opioid overdose deaths - estimated to be nearly 500 by the end of the year - one N.H. town says they're actually seeing a decrease.

Farmington Police Chief John Drury emphasized that the town has open door policy for those seeking help in terms of the opiate crisis.

Last year, 14 people died in Farmington due to an opiate overdose - just over one per month Drury noted. This year has shown to be a little bit of an improvement.

Three people have reported fatal opiate overdoses in the town so far in 2016, Foster's reported.

Drury said the police department is making this a top priority in order to "keep a finger on the pulse of the problem." The town of Farmington has a population is just under 7,000 people.

"It's a small town." Drury said. "Everyone knows everyone, we want to make sure the door is open."

The Police Department has several programs in circulation in order to make their mission known such as coaching programs, CPR classes, Subway cards for those who are unable to feed themselves, and gas cards for help those who can't make it to a meeting on account of empty gas tanks.

For anyone who is seeking help in Farmington, police urge all to seek guidance from their department and/or services they can provide.

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