As NH Safe Station program marks 2,000 intakes, police warn of spike in spice
MANCHESTER — Public officials in New Hampshire are faced with more challenges as Safe Station numbers surge.
The month started off very badly for overdose numbers, and on Tuesday, responders had to treat a 6-year-old boy who is believed to have been to exposed to some kind of opiate. The boy is recovering at the Elliot Hospital Pediatric ICU.
Police also report a spike in synthetic marijuana, also known as spice, which they say appears to be centered around the homeless population that congregates in Manchester's Veteran’s Park.
A surge in Safe Station intakes has put the program at it's 2,000 milestone and the program is averaging six to seven people per day. Chris Hickey, EMS officer and firefighter paramedic, says that many of the clients are not repeat visitors, which is encouraging for the program.