- Associated Press - Thursday, November 3, 2016

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) - Authorities say the city of Nashua, New Hampshire, saw a record 45 drug overdoses for the month of October, seven of them fatal.

It recorded 26 overdoses in September.

Chris Stawasz, regional director of American Medical Response, tells WMUR-TV (https://bit.ly/2feMyIe) the spike is attributed fentanyl, saying people who use certain amounts of heroin will get fentanyl unknowingly and use their regular amount.

Stawasz also says fentanyl requires more extensive life-saving measures than heroin, forcing first responders to use more of the overdose reversal drug Narcan.

Manchester saw a 25 percent increase in overdoses in October, compared to Nashua’s 73 percent jump.


Information from: WMUR-TV, https://wmur.com

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