August 02. 2018 12:31PM

Manchester overdoses spiked to highest rate all year in July

By PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader


MANCHESTER — Statistics released this week by officials with American Medical Response New Hampshire show medics treated 72 overdose victims in Manchester in July — the most in one month so far this year, and highest total in one month since October of 2017.

The total combined opioid-related overdoses for July in Nashua and Manchester were 95, with five of those reported as fatalities and one additional fatality pending toxicology confirmation.

“July was a tough month after a good stretch of really positive progress,” said Chris Stawasz, regional director for American Medical Response New Hampshire. “It won’t deter us. We will keep savings lives one by one no matter what.”

According to Stawasz, Manchester first responders have administered nearly 1,000 milligrams — 992 to be exact — of Narcan in 2018 so far.

The total number of overdoses in Manchester are up 1 percent year to year, while the number of fatal overdoses in the Queen City are down 26 percent.

Year to date there have been 392 opioid-related overdoses in Manchester, 26 of those fatal.

In Nashua, the total number of overdoses are up 1 percent over the last year, while the number of fatalities are down 24 percent.

Year-to-date there have been 193 opioid-related overdoses in Nashua, 18 of which resulted in fatalities. An additional four fatalities are awaitng pending toxicology test results.

According to AMR, the Nashua Safe Station program has been accessed 1,992 times since it began on Nov 17, 2016, while Manchester’s program has been accessed 3,655 times since it launched on May 4, 2016.