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Oct 27, 2014 5:28 PM

NH heroin deaths this year could double last year's


With more than two months to go before the end of the year, New Hampshire has already seen almost as many heroin deaths as all of last year. The numbers underscore the epidemic.

Donna Marston, founder of the support group Families Sharing Without Shame said, "We don't have the resources in the state of New Hampshire. We are number two I think in overdoses, underage drinking, and addiction and we're number 49, which means we're the second to worst state in the country, for resources."

There are 65 confirmed heroin related deaths in the Granite State year to date, compared to 70 in all of 2013. If those stats aren't bad enough, there are at least 70 more pending death cases suspected to be linked to heroin that are still waiting for toxicology test results.

In essence, heroin deaths this year could double last year's.

The governor says a multi-pronged approach to combat the epidemic is now in motion.

Governor Maggie Hassan said, "Our budget reinvested in drug task force teams. We put more troopers on the road. We also have made sure that we have our prescription monitoring program launched - that launched last week. That gives us more control over prescriptions and making sure health care providers can detect what's called doctor shopping. We know that prescription drug abuse often leads to heroin abuse."

One option being considered is giving more first responders and the family members of addicts access to a drug that counters overdoses, known as Narcan.


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