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Feb 10, 2016 5:15 PM

Manchester drug overdose deaths jump by 40 percent in 2015 after new toxicology reports


MANCHESTER - New information from the N.H. Medical Examiner's office has increased the total number of 2015 drug overdose deaths in the Queen City by 40 percent.

96 people died in Manchester of a drug overdose, said Lt. Brian O'Keefe. That's an increase from previous reports which put the total number at 69.

"It's alarming," O'Keefe said.

According to the department, Manchester police responded to 616 overdose related calls in 2015.

"We believe that with 616 calls for service, I'm not sure how many of those cases Narcan was used in, but it certainly saved that 96 death rate from jumping and spiking," O'Keefe said.

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