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Dec 13, 2016 10:41 AM

Fentanyl remains top cause of NH drug fatalities, 2016's total death toll reaches 369

CONCORD (AP) — The deadly drug fentanyl continues to outpace heroin as the chief cause of overdose deaths in New Hampshire.

Newly released numbers by the medical examiner's office show 369 drug-related deaths this year. That doesn't include 78 deaths that are still pending toxicology.

Fentanyl alone accounted for 153 deaths, while fentanyl combined with other drugs caused an additional 116 deaths. Heroin alone, by contrast, caused just two deaths. Heroin and other drugs, including fentanyl, caused 20 more.

The medical examiner's office is projecting 476 drug deaths in New Hampshire by year's end. That's up slightly from 2015, and more than double the number of deaths from several years ago.

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