Manchester launches program to get help for those abusing drugs
Anyone can go to any fire station for immediate helpUPDATED 6:22 PM EDT May 04, 2016
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The city of Manchester announced Wednesday a new tool in the battle against drugs.
The new initiative, called Safe Station, will offer aid and assistance to those suffering from drug abuse. All fire departments in the city are part of the initiative.
Officials said the program will provide immediate services for people seeking help for a drug problem. Anyone in need of help can walk into any fire department in the city at any time and talk to firefighters on duty.
The firefighters will connect the person with someone who can help through the 211 phone network or with a substance abuse expert at Hope for NH Recovery.
“That’s just what we do every day,” said Fire Chief Dan Goonan. “And we do have the connections with these recovery centers and the recovery coaches, and these things are in place, and we just want to use them.”
Organizers said they hope the program will be a model that will spread to other parts of the state.