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Jul 11, 2016 5:21 PM

Projected overdose death total nears 500 in NH, recent data shows

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CONCORD — The projected total of overdose deaths in New Hampshire has risen from 487 to 494, the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office reported.

Data released on July 8 revealed that 161 overdose deaths have been reported so far in 2016, and 86 more are still pending toxicology assessments. The report shows that almost one overdose death per day has been recorded since June 15, when the tally was at 141.

Fentanyl is the leading killer, having claimed 62 lives in the Granite State so far. Fentanyl mixed with other drugs has claimed 41, heroin 2, and other opiates/opioids 27.

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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