Sep 12, 2015 9:18 AM

Mayor asks for drug court in Manchester as overdose calls rise

MANCHESTER - According to police, the city has seen 51 confirmed deaths due to drug overdoses, and they've responded to 400 non-deadly overdose calls since Jan. 1 of this year.

This comes as the price for Narcan, a drug that counters the effects of an overdose and saves lives, is going up.

The Telegraph of Nashua reports that emergency medical crews across the state more than doubled their use of Narcan in 2014 compared with 2013 at a cost of $2 million.

And that rate is expected to rise, one of the reasons Mayor Ted Gatsas is fighting for funding for a drug court at the Hillsborough County North Courthouse.

Gatsas submit a letter to N.H. House Speaker and member of the Hillsborough County delegation Shawn Jasper asking that he convene a special meeting of the delegation to approve the use of surplus funds for a drug court.

"In closing, I would ask that you act on this request immediately, as the cost of any delay in this process is the difference between life and death. On behalf of the mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, friends and everyone else trying to find help for their loved ones, I implore you to convene a special meeting in a most expeditious manner so we can make drug court at Hillsborough County-North a reality," the letter reads.


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