NH AG issues warning on Carfenanil after 6 overdose deaths confirmed in 2017
CONCORD — A synthetic opioid used solely to tranquilize elephants is responsible for six overdose deaths in the Granite State so far in 2017.
New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald said in a letter accompanying a drug overdose report that as the chief law enforcement officer it is his priority to stop the distribution of the deadly drug Carfentanil.
"I have committed my office to undertake the prosecution of those individuals who are arrested for Carfentanil related crimes," MacDonald wrote. "Once those arrests are made, those responsible will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, based on the facts of each case."
The report said that as of May 17, there had been 73 overdose deaths in New Hampshire since the beginning of the year. Thirty-seven of those deaths were caused by Fentanyl, 18 were from a mix of Fentanyl and other drugs, four died from a mix of heroin and Fentanyl and nine died because of other opiates.
Since 2012, the number of drug overdoses per year has risen steadily, with 163 drug-related deaths in 2012 jumping to 326 in 2014. In 2016, there were 477 confirmed drug-related deaths in the state.