NASHUA, N.H. — Fundraisers say a new program has been surprisingly successful in New Hampshire’s battle against substance abuse, but it is running about $400,000 in the red.

Officials say Nashua’s Safe Station program has helped more than 1,400 people since it began more than a year ago. WMUR-TV reports the program allows those suffering from substance abuse problems to walk into any Nashua fire station for help — modeled on a program developed in Manchester.

Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess said at a Wednesday fundraiser that Safe Station is not just benefiting Nashua residents, but has helped people all across the state.

Stephanie Wolf-Rosenblum of Southern New Hampshire Health says the program allows people to access immediate care and reduces overall costs for fighting the substance abuse epidemic.

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