Mar 17, 2015 4:43 PM
CONCORD - There has been a severe increase of drug overdose deaths in the last three years in New Hampshire, particularly those involving heroin and/or fentanyl.
Fentanyl is a powerful drug used in surgeries that can be found mixed in with some batches of heroin. Health officials say it's proving to be a deadly combination.
Statewide in 2014, there were 300 overdose deaths, an increase of over 100 from the year before. There was a sharp increase of heroin deaths from 38 in 2012 to 96 in 2014. Fentanyl related deaths also increased to 128 last year, up from just 12 in 2012.
The city of Manchester is also reporting an increase of heroin overdoses. Stephanie Bergeron is the Development Director at Serenity Place in Manchester, a recovery center for those with addiction. According to Bergeron, a lack of state funding is a big issue.
"Treatment options statewide are not good. New Hampshire is 49th out of the 50 states in access to recovery. So that's also a pretty big issue for us," Bergeron said.
The New Hampshire U.S. Attorney's Office announced Tuesday they will hold a press briefing in Concord Wednesday in connection to the takedown of a heroin trafficking organization.
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