Apr 25, 2016 4:46 PM

Prosecution team formed targeting opiate overdose deaths in New Hampshire

CONCORD - Today, United States Attorney Emily Gray Rice and New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster announced the formation of a new task force targeting the prosecution of opiate overdose deaths in New Hampshire.

“This effort builds on the initiative started by my office at the end of 2015 to treat drug overdose deaths as crime scenes, and to bring to justice those who have sold drugs to overdose victims,” Foster said.

“Our joint team effort to prosecute those who are criminally responsible for overdose deaths is a critical element of the multi-faceted law enforcement approach needed to combat the drug epidemic in our state," Rice said.

Rice and Foster praised the tremendous work done by law enforcement to fight the current epidemic.

The inter-office team includes all of the drug prosecutors in both the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office and the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of New Hampshire.

New Hampshire has the third-highest rate of per capita drug overdose deaths nationwide. Four hundred and thirty-three individuals died from drug overdoses in New Hampshire in 2015. Two hundred and eighty-three of these deaths resulted from overdoses of fentanyl, either alone or in combination with other drugs.

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