Nov 3, 2016 9:57 AM
Recent data provided by local first responders says that opioid deaths in the state's two largest cities have risen sharply over the last 3 years.
American Medical Response, which serves both Manchester and Nashua, reported record level of overdoses in both cities during the month of October.
In Nashua, AMR reported 45 overdoses in October - eight more than last year. There were 14 reported overdoses in 2013.
In Nashua, the problem is widespread, but maps provided by AMR show a concentration of overdoses in a handful of center-city locations in Nashua, particularly around West Hollis Street and Ash Street, the north Main Street near Canal Street, the center city portion of Temple Street and Main Street near the intersection with Kinsley Street. These areas are locations for rooming houses, hotels and apartment buildings.
Other hotels and apartment complexes appearing in the AMR data, as well as the city's Greeley Park in Nashua's North End. Compiled data reveals 77 percent of the overdose calls were do residences, 10 percent were in public places and 6 percent were in businesses.
There has been 371 suspected opioid overdoses in Nashua so far in 2016. AMR's data indicates the average age for the people in the suspected overdoses is between 30 and 40 years-old. Sixty one percent of the calls were for males. Most of the calls were reported on Saturdays, and a majority occurred around 9 p.m. in both 2015 and 2016.
January and October saw the highest amount of the overdose drug Narcan being administered in 2016. 103.5 milligrams of Narcan was given in January. 106.4 was administered in October. By comparison, only 17.5 milligrams was administered in January of 2015 and 78.8 was given in October of 2015.
Most of the Narcan was given by Nashua Fire Rescue personnel.
AMR reported 81 overdoses in Manchester this October - 19 more than they recorded in October last year. This compares to 18 reported in 2013.
In Manchester, AMR mapped a high number of calls to the area around Hanover Street and Maple Street, as well as Bridge Street and Pine Street and a center-city portion of Lake Avenue. The highest concentrations of suspected OD calls appear in the center and the west side of Manchester.
There has been 805 suspected opioid overdoses in Manchester so far in 2016.
Demographic data is similar in the Queen city, with 66 percent of the overdose calls going to males between 30 and 40 years-old. AMR personnel are administering most of the Narcan being distributed, with 244.5 milligrams being used in October of 2016 and a similarly high number, 234.6, in September of 2015.
Most of the overdose calls were to residences, at 72 percent of the total calls, with the next highest number being public places, at 13 percent. The third highest was in businesses, at 7 percent.
Like Nashua, most overdose calls in Manchester come in around 9 p.m.
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