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Report: NH opioid deaths could hit 478 for 2016


CONCORD — The number of people in New Hampshire to have died last year from drug overdoses is expected to climb to 478, 22 more than in 2015, with 70 percent of those deaths the result of fentanyl or fentanyl combined with another opiate, a report states.

Through Wednesday, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has confirmed 456 deaths from drug overdoses in 2016. Another 22 cases are "pending toxicology," which can take two to three months for results and for a state pathologist to review them and determine the cause of death.

In 2015, 439 people died from drug overdoses.

According to current drug statistics, last year 193 people died from fentanyl only; another 121 died from a combination of fentanyl and other drugs (excluding heroin); five died from a combination of heroin and fentanyl; three died from heroin; 21 died from heroin and other drugs (excluding fentanyl); 61 deaths were the result of other opiates/opioids and other drugs accounted for 52 deaths.

Deaths from cocaine or a combination of cocaine and other drugs are also on the rise, the report states.

Last year, 13 people died from cocaine; 47 died from a combination of cocaine and opioids and one person died from cocaine and a non-opioid.

In 2015, there were five deaths from cocaine alone and 44 deaths from cocaine and opioid(s).


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