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Jun 3, 2016 3:36 PM

NH overdose deaths have doubled the past 2 years, Chief Medical Examiner's Office reports

CONCORD — Drug overdoses claimed the lives of 439 Granite Staters in 2015, The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner reported as it released the official numbers Friday.

The drug responsible for the most N.H. overdoses was fentanyl, which caused 161 deaths. Next was fentanyl combined with other drugs, which took 78 lives. Other opiates/opioids killed 70.

Heroin alone was responsible for 31 overdose deaths, but proved deadlier when combined with fentanyl and other drugs, which were to blame for 44 and 13 deaths, respectively.

The Medical Examiner’s office noted that drug overdose deaths have doubled in the last two years. 478 drug overdose deaths are projected for 2016.

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