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Trump to Address Opioid Crisis During N.H. Visit Monday

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

President Donald Trump's planned visit to New Hampshire next week is expected to focus on the opioid epidemic, and some local responses to it.


In Manchester on Monday, he will unveil a new plan to battle the national opioid crisis, according to news reports.


One of the stops in the Queen City might be the Central Fire Station. Manchester Fire Department Chief Daniel Goonan says he’s expecting a presidential visit.


“The Secret Service are here doing their thing, but as far as the itinerary goes it’s kind of a moving target,” Goonan says.


But Chief Goonan isn’t being overly optimistic. “The last 24 hours, things have changed quite a few times,” he says. “Until the plane touches down, I’m not sure he’s gonna get here.”


Manchester Fire's Safe Station program, which provides a pathway for those suffering from addiction to seek treatment, has received praise from the White House. Goonan says there are now about 3,300 people who have used the program since it started in 2016.

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