- Associated Press - Friday, February 12, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Data from the state’s medical examiner shows that the number of people who died of drug overdoses in New Hampshire rose significantly last year.

New Hampshire Public Radio reports (http://bit.ly/20ZBldo ) the latest statistics show that 414 people had fatal overdoses in the state last year. That’s up from 326 in 2014 and 192 the year before.

Nearly two-thirds of last year’s deaths involved fentanyl and heroin-related deaths accounted for one in five of all fatal overdoses.

Officials say the rise in fentanyl use has worried them. The drug is often prescribed for cancer-related pain, but can also make its way into illegal drugs.

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Information from: WEVO-FM, http://www.nhpr.org/

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