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Sep 23, 2016 11:16 AM

Crime lab continues to see backlog in NH's drug cases

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) — New Hampshire's state police crime lab in Concord is continuing to face a large backlog in drug cases.

New Hampshire Public Radio reports roughly 3,500 drug cases are waiting to be analyzed at the lab and some date as far back as last year.

Lab Director Tim Pifer said Thursday that if the lab were to receive no additional cases it would take about seven months just to clear out the backlog. A majority of these cases involve fentanyl.

The lab has received grant money and state funding to help pay for added overtime. Pifer says he hopes to add two more drug analysts to the payroll next year.

The state is projected to have about 480 overdose deaths in 2016. That's an uptick from last year.

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