Sep 2, 2016 2:39 PM

Mayor Ted Gatsas: Visits to Manchester Safe Station for opiate addiction up; overdoses down

MANCHESTER — Mayor Ted Gatsas released a statement after a review of the Aug. 2016 opiate report distributed by the Manchester Fire Department that indicated overdoses in Manchester had decreased notably.

Gatsas praised the progress made in the epidemic of fentanyl, heroin, and opiate abuse.

Overdoses are below 50 for the first time since December, 2015 with 48 overdoses, the statement reported.

The report also showed that Aug. had the highest rates of visits to the Manchester Safe Station with 139 visits since its founding four months ago. Gatsas considered this an indicator of success for the initiative.

Gatsas concluded by praising first responders, including Manchester police, fire and EMS.

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