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Nov 9, 2016 11:44 AM

Chief Medical Examiner still projects nearly 500 overdose deaths in NH by 2017


Drug overdose deaths have increased in the past month, but the 2016 projected deaths remains the same, according to data released by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

READ: Drug deaths keep rising in NH, new projection of nearly 500 dead by 2017

The data shows a new projection of 488 drug deaths for 2016 compared to 439 for 2015. As of the time of the new release, 302 drug deaths have been confirmed.

One hundred and twenty-five of those deaths were caused by fentanyl use - making it the most prevalent killer.

Ninety-eight cases are "pending toxicology." It can take two to three weeks to receive the toxicology results and determine if the deaths were drug-related.

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