Drug deaths up again in 2017

Jun 15, 2018
drug overdose deaths

Overdose deaths reached an all-time high in New Hampshire in 2017, according to the latest data from the chief medical examiner

There were 487 drug deaths in 2017. Almost three-quarters involved fentanyl.

While 487 is an all-time high, it is only slightly higher than the number of drug deaths in 2016. Drug deaths have almost tripled since 2012, so the small increase from 2016 to 2017 may indicate that trend is slowing down.

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
Narcan

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

Should President Trump authorize additional federal funding to address the heroin and opioid addiction crisis?

Oct 30, 2017

Last week, President Donald Trump declared the nation's heroin and opioid addiction crisis a public health emergency - a designation that allows the federal government to redirect resources in various ways and to expand access to medical services in rural areas.

But critics say the health emergency declaration does not go far enough because it does not bring new funding into the fight against a crisis that kills up to 100 people a day nationwide.

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.

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