When Mayor Craig was elected in 2017, one of the first issues she addressed was the substance misuse epidemic. Over the past few years, the City of Manchester has made significant strides in addressing the substance misuse epidemic. Through collaboration with City Departments, community organizations, national partners and more, Manchester has now effectively eliminated wait times for treatment while reducing opioid overdoses and overdose deaths.
Combating the Opioid Crisis
- In 2020, Manchester saw a 28% decrease in opioid overdoses and a 42% decrease in opioid overdose deaths, in contrast with communities across the country that saw a spike in opioid overdoses amid COVID-19.
- Worked collaboratively to make the existing Safe Station treatment process more effective, decreasing the average time to get into treatment from 2-3 weeks to almost immediately.
- Brought in partners from cities across the country to learn from the success of other communities in addressing the opioid epidemic, including the first-ever collaborative seminar between health providers and the faith-based community.
- The State’s Doorway program is only open Monday-Friday from 9 am to 5pm, and while we’re working to get their program open 24/7, the Fire Department’s Safe Station program serves as a backup to provide life saving treatment.