NASHUA, N.H. — Health officials say overdoses in Nashua are down by 17 percent, the first decrease in deaths for the city in three years.

According to Nashua’s 2017 Safe Stations statistics, there were 293 suspected opioid overdoses in the city throughout 2017 which is a decrease from 2016. The Nashua Telegraph reports the Safe Station program, which allows any person dealing with addiction to walk into a city firehouse 24 hours a day to seek help, had 1,267 visits to the city’s stations in 2017.

Nearly 40 percent of those visits were repeat visitors.

Chris Stawasz, regional director of American Medical Response, says the statistics show the city is trending in the right direction.

Stawasz says the progress seen this year is due to dedicated work from the police and fire departments.

Information from: The Telegraph,

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