Manchester, NH

New Hampshire overdoses down significantly as enforcement efforts take hold

The end of year is bringing some holiday hope to officials in New Hampshire as they continue to battle a significant opioid crisis that has cut across the state. “The combined overdoses between Nashua and Manchester for the month of November is 80. So that is significantly lower than what we’ve been seeing in the past,” American Medical Response regional director, Chris Stawasz, said.

Stawasz credits the results to law enforcement crackdowns like “Operation Granite Hammer.”

“You know I think that the Granite Hammer enforcement project has been really making a big difference in reducing the amount of opioids that are on the street,” he said. “And I also think combined with the Safe Station Program that we’re making a difference with people who are addicted and working to enter recovery.”

Year to date the overall suspected opioid overdoses in Nashua are down 25 percent; 43 percent in Manchester.

Looking forward, officials in New Hampshire are keeping a close eye on Federal funding, hoping that these programs can continue to bring relief to their hard hit communities.

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