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Dec 19, 2015 10:47 AM

NH has second highest increase in drug overdose deaths nationwide

While the drug epidemic is affecting states nationwide, new numbers show New Hampshire with one of the highest increases in overdose deaths between 2013 and 2014, second only to North Dakota.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, show N.H. with a 73.5 percent increase in overdose deaths. North Dakota had a increase of 125 percent, followed by Maine, New Mexico and Alabama.

This compares with total increase nationwide of 7 percent between 2013 and 2014.

"Opioids—primarily prescription pain relievers and heroin—are the main driver of overdose deaths. Opioids were involved in 28,647 deaths in 2014 and opioid overdoses have quadrupled since 2000," the CDC report says.

Drug overdose deaths surged in a total of 14 states last year.

The count includes deaths involving powerful painkillers, sedatives, heroin, cocaine and other legal and illicit drugs.

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