- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire’s Health Department says a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the state is one of 28 that had a significant increase in heroin-related deaths between 2010 and 2012.

The greatest increase was between 2010 and 2011, when the rate of heroin deaths increased by 45 percent, the largest percentage increase in one year since 1999.

State Public Health Director Jose Montero said Thursday that the heroin threat affects every age and income group and both genders.

Joe Harding, the director of the state’s Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services, said the number of people seeking treatment for heroin addiction has increased by 50 percent over the last 10 years, with the largest jump between 2011 and 2012.

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