VIDEO: Those who struggle with opioid addiction in Chattanooga will soon have a new place to begin their journey to recovery - or, just get some immediate help.
The Chattanooga Fire Department (CFD), along with Hamilton County Coalition’s Nu-Start program, has partnered to launch the “Safe Stations” initiative in Chattanooga.
“Safe Stations” will make all fire stations within Chattanooga 24-hour havens, where anyone struggling with an opioid addiction can be connected to treatment and recovery options.
As many hospital emergency rooms can become overwhelmed with patients, CFD says this program helps all by weeding out individuals seeking assistance that may not need immediate medical attention but need immediate help.
CFD says at any time during the day or night when the victim of addiction decides or gathers up the courage to ask for help, he or she can go to any Safe Station and speak to the firefighters on duty.