No decrease in overdose deaths

Apr 23, 2018
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According to the latest data from the Chief Medical Examiner in New Hampshire, there was almost no change in the number of drug overdose deaths from 2016 to 2017.

There were 485 overdose deaths in 2016, and 483 in 2017.  There are six additional deaths from 2017 that still have pending lab results.

Fentanyl is deadliest opioid

The vast majority of overdose deaths in 2016 and 2017 involved fentanyl. 

Do you believe NH schools should stock Narcan?

Apr 03, 2018

Salem’s school district recently joined several other New Hampshire school districts in stocking the overdose emergency medication, Narcan. In cases of opioid overdoses, Narcan can be administered via nasal spray or injection to reverse the respiratory arrest brought about by an opioid overdose.

“We want to be a responsible school district and we want to be able to respond responsibly if an emergency does happen.”

- Salem School District Board Chair, Patricia Corbett

NH ranked 5th safest state

Jun 20, 2017
New Hampshire safety

According to a recent ranking, New Hampshire is the fifth safest state in the U.S.

The report from WalletHub used 37 different measures of safety, divided into five categories: personal and residential safety, financial safety, road safety, workplace safety, and emergency preparedness. 

Vermont came in first in the nation, followed by Maine in second place and Massachusetts in third. Mississippi scored last.

Involuntary commitment for opioid addicts

Jun 19, 2017
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In Massachusetts, it’s becoming an increasingly common practice: relatives or doctors petitioning courts to forcibly commit addicts at risk of opioid overdose for treatment. In fact, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced in May that he would seek to expand the policy, pushing for a bill that empowers emergency room doctors to hold patients for up to three days without a court order—an attempt to prevent at-risk individuals from being released on nights or weekends when courts aren’t in session.

Mandatory manslaughter charges for drug dealers?

Jan 17, 2017

Rep. Robert Elliott is sponsoring a 2017 bill that "establishes a criminal penalty for causing the death of another person by providing heroin or fentanyl to such person."

If passed, HB 153 would find dealers guilty of manslaughter despite whether they intended to kill the user or not.

Supporters of the bill argue that stiffer sentences will save lives and deter individuals from selling dangerous drugs. They compare the policy to that of charging drunk drivers with homicide when they are responsible for a fatal accident.

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