Opioid deaths in Nashua down to 33 in 2018, were 45 in 2017; Narcan use increases
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The number of fatalities caused by heroin, fentanyl and other opioids in the city dropped from 45 in 2017 to 33 in 2018, as officials believe the Nashua Safe Stations program and greater availability of Narcan are helping reduce the death rate.
American Medical Response Regional Director Chris Stawasz said he hopes to see the reduction in the mortality rate continue its downward trend into 2019, although there is still more work needed for this to occur. As it is, suspected opioid overdoses in the city are slightly up 4 percent when comparing numbers to the previous year. However, lives are being saved with reported public use of Narcan up 230 percent from the previous year.