- Associated Press - Sunday, November 27, 2016

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Manchester’s fire chief is encouraging other departments to adopt a program aimed at helping those struggling with addiction.

Manchester launched its Safe Station program in May, providing help to anyone who walks into any of the city’s 10 fire stations. Chief Dan Goonan told New Hampshire Public Radio (https://bit.ly/2gkkpgI) that he expected a few participants a month, but instead the average is 150 per month. On Thanksgiving, the program welcomed its 800th client.

Anyone at risk for a medical emergency is sent to a hospital. Others get help connecting to local recovery services.

Goonan says just 300 of those clients have been from Manchester. The rest have come from all over New Hampshire and New England. Nashua started its own program earlier this month, and Goonan says others should follow.

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Information from: WEVO-FM, https://www.nhpr.org/

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