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Sep 28, 2015 5:42 PM

558 flags planted on Statehouse lawn represent NH overdose victims


CONCORD - If you're wondering why there's a sea of purple flags on the Statehouse lawn, each represents a life lost to an overdose.

558 people have died of an overdose since January 1st, 2014, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Most have been from opioids, including heroin and fentanyl.

The 'Anyone. Anytime. NH' campaign is meant to 'educate the public and professionals about addiction, emergency overdose medication, according to the website.

The campaign will be hosting an event Tuesday: NH Officials to Discuss State’s Comprehensive Response to Opioid Epidemic.

As part of our continuing coverage of the opioid epidemic, NH1 News reporter Colleen Shaughnessy will be there, speaking with officials and family members impacted by the drug crisis.


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