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Aug 31, 2016 5:51 PM

NH is 1 of 12 states to get more federal money to battle opioid crisis

New Hampshire will be getting more federal money to help fight the opioid crisis.

The state will receive $1 million dollars to help cover the cost of medications needed for treatment, and another quarter of a million dollars to collect overdose data. New Hampshire is only one of 12 states to receive the federal grant.

Data released last month revealed that more than 170 overdose deaths have been reported so far in 2016.

The projected total of overdose deaths in New Hampshire is more than 500, the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office reported.

Drug overdoses in New Hampshire claimed the lives of 439 in 2015. State deaths by drug overdose have been on the rise since 2012, when the total was 163.

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