Mar 15, 2016 4:44 PM

NH officials: 5 men, 5 women have died so far from drug overdoses in 2016

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) — Authorities say at least 10 people have died of drug overdoses in New Hampshire this year.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner says five men and five women have died. Six of the deaths were caused either by fentanyl alone or by the substance combined with other drugs.

Authorities say the other deaths were caused by other opioids or cocaine.

An additional 86 possible overdose cases are awaiting toxicology results. The state could need several months to completely review a suspected overdose and confirm the cause of death.

New Hampshire saw more than 400 cases in all last year — a state record for drug overdoses. Several cases await processing. Data shows that nearly two-thirds of those overdose deaths also involved fentanyl.

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