Safe Stations Cut Opioid Deaths

Chief Brian Rhodes of the Nashua, New Hampshire Fire Department, hugs a community member. Chief Rhodes spoke at a day-long conference on Oct. 25 organized by HRSA's Office of Regional Operations to promote the city's "Safe Stations" program, which provides help through fire stations, 24-7, to opioid users in need.
Chief Brian Rhodes of the Nashua, New Hampshire Fire Department, hugs a community member. Chief Rhodes spoke at a day-long conference on Oct. 25 organized by HRSA's Office of Regional Operations to promote the city's "Safe Stations" program, which provides help through fire stations, 24-7, to opioid users in need.

 

CAPT Chris Bersani, HRSA Deputy Regional Administrator-Boston,  with Nashua Mayor ​Jim Donchess (right), said the agency intends to promote Safe Stations nationwide as an immediate measure to cut opioid deaths and get those in crisis directly into care.
CAPT Chris Bersani, HRSA Deputy Regional Administrator-Boston,  with Nashua Mayor ​Jim Donchess (right), said the agency intends to promote Safe Stations nationwide as an immediate measure to cut opioid deaths and get those in crisis directly into care.

 

Since replicated in five New Hampshire cities, Nashua's program ensures that overdose patients can get opioid-reversal medication at any fire station and admission into the non-profit Harbor Homes network,  which provides treatment, access to housing, health care, education, employment, and support services.  Harbor Homes also has been credited with helping to eliminate homelessness among veterans in the community.

 

The day-long academy featured several panels with local, state and federal officials describing how to set up a safe stations program. From left, Harbor Homes CEO Peter Kelleher, Chief Rhodes, Nashua Police Chief Andrew Lavoie, with HRSA Regional Administrator Jeff Beard and Harbor Homes Pharmacy Director Jay Gupta.
The day-long academy featured several panels with local, state and federal officials describing how to set up a safe stations program. From left, Harbor Homes CEO Peter Kelleher, Chief Rhodes, Nashua Police Chief Andrew Lavoie, with HRSA Regional Administrator Jeff Beard and Harbor Homes Pharmacy Director Jay Gupta.

Date Last Reviewed:  November 2018