NH fire chiefs look to hire drug, alcohol counselors

Officials are seeking $1.1 million to hire four counselors to combat the rise in civilian drug overdoses

CONCORD, N.H. — A coalition of fire chiefs are seeking state money to hire drug counselors to train responders on how to better direct drug overdose victims toward treatment and recovery services.

The Associated Press reported that emergency responders in that area have administered almost 3,000 doses of Narcan this year. The number reflects a spike of more than 300 percent since 2012.

The chiefs are seeking $1.1 million to hire four licensed drug and alcohol counselors.

Lawmakers will take up the proposal in the upcoming session.

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