U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) recently visited a fire station in Manchester, N.H., to learn about the Manchester Fire Department’s Community Response Unit and how it has saved lives in the city.
“As New Hampshire continues to grapple with the COVID-19 crisis, it is so important that we do not lose sight of the other crises that continue to impact Granite Staters,” Shaheen said. “The substance use disorder crisis continues to ravage our state, and sadly, COVID-19 has exacerbated the response challenges and is contributing to an increase in overdoses. I appreciate the opportunity I had today to learn firsthand the Manchester Fire Department’s new addition to its Safe Stations Program, which will allow firefighters and other resource organizations to more quickly and safely provide assistance to substance use disorder victims and save lives. I’ll continue to fight for federal funding and support to make a real, tangible difference in the lives of Granite Staters and people across this country who struggle with substance use disorder.”
Overdose deaths have increased in New Hampshire, according to recent reports.
Shaheen has been working in Congress to fight drug addiction. She encouraged Congressional leadership in May to increase federal funding for state, local and tribal governments and treatment providers combating the opioid and substance-use epidemic.