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Nashua May Soon Hire City's First Drug Recovery Coach

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Nashua may soon get a dedicated recovery coach assigned to help with residents battling addiction. This position is part of the city's Safe Stations program.

Nashua’s Safe Stations Program allows people with drug addiction to seek help, without fear of arrest, at the city's fire stations. Since the program began last year, more than 1,200 people have come through the doors. Many have sought help multiple times.

Mayor Jim Donchess said adding a dedicated recovery coach to the program will make sure people stay in recovery long term.

“We know that the average person who achieves this long-term recovery has tried, you know, three times so its common that people don’t succeed immediately and we just want to improve the chances of success," Mayor Donchess said.

This $42,000 position must first be approved by the city’s Board of Aldermen Tuesday night. If passed, the position would be a one year pilot program starting in January.

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