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Keene Fire Department releases monthly opiate statistics to public

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KEENE - In an effort to keep the city informed about the growing opioid epidemic, the Keene Fire Department began releasing monthly statistics beginning in January. Within the statistics, is the number of opiate overdose responses and also the number of times the department administered Narcan.

"If it's four or five times a week we need to know. Okay, That's a bigger number than two years ago when it was one-two times a week. It helps the community know that the problem is actually real," Derrick Delvecchio said.

Delvecchio is a lifelong Keene resident. He told NH1 News that just recently the drug crisis became a big problem. "When I was in high school I guess it was around but we never really heard about it but now that I'm at the college, I hear about it more and more every single day," Delvecchio said.

In March, Keene Fire responded to four incidents and administered Narcan a total of seven times.

"If it's four or five times a week we need to know. Okay, That's a bigger number than two years ago when it was one-two times a week. It helps the community know that the problem is actually real."

In January, the fire department responded to five overdoses and administered Narcan five times. In February, there were thirteen incidents, with Narcan performed 30 times.

"To see it explode the way it has, has been surprising," a Keene resident of fifty years said. "I have friends who have children who for whatever reason became addicted and it just seems to be rampant."

Since January 1, 2016, Keene police reported that there have been two deaths in the city as a result of the opiate epidemic.

"Not that in my time it was any better to go and smoke a joint, but it was common and now it just seems so common to use a substance that's just so addictive that I don't know what was missed you know with the younger generations," a Keene resident said.

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