- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Officials are creating a team of state and federal prosecutors to give more attention to the growing number of opiate overdose cases in New Hampshire.

The Concord Monitor reports (https://bit.ly/24ihXtM ) the effort will be led by Attorney General Joe Foster and U.S. Attorney Emily Gray Rice and will include drug prosecutors in both offices.

Foster says the creation comes as officials tighten techniques for investigating overdoses as crimes instead of untimely deaths.

He says the focus should be on all opiates, but the drug that’s spurring the action is fentanyl, a painkiller that makes heroin more potent.

More people using heroin and fentanyl in the state contributed to 433 fatal overdoses in 2015 and 43 so far this year.

Foster says he hopes high-level dealers will be caught and prosecuted.

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Information from: Concord Monitor, https://www.cmonitor.com

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