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Amid Surge in Deaths, Manchester Police Hosting Heroin Forum

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Manchester's police chief is hosting a forum Tuesday night for the public to talk about the city's heroin epidemic.

Chief Nick Willard will be one of seven panel members at the forum at the Radisson Hotel from 5 to 7 p.m.

Manchester police Lt. Brian O’Keefe says drug activity in the city continues to surge at an alarming rate.

“We’re well over I believe 47 deaths since Jan. 1,” he said. “In addition to that, we have responded to probably well over 250 overdose-related calls since Jan. 1. The numbers are staggering in the city.”

O’Keefe says the forum will include discussion on the signs and symptoms of drug addiction, along with treatment options.

More than 300 people died from drug overdoses in New Hampshire last year, the most in state history.

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