Manchester Opens Firehouse Doors to Drug Addicts

May 5, 2016

 

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New Hampshire's biggest city is opening its firehouse doors to drug addicts in a program that allows them to seek treatment in an effort to avert overdoses.

Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas announced the program Wednesday and said he hopes it can be a model for other cities on the front lines of the state's opioid crisis. Dubbed Safe Station, the program will allow addicts to visit any of 10 firehouses that are open around-the-clock. Addicts will then be put in touch with experts who can help them with treatment options.

Gatsas says the program could cut down on overdoses since addicts might not be aware of all their options when it comes to getting off drugs.

The mayor is a Republican who is running for governor.