New CDC Data Show N.H. Avoided The Worst of a Deepening Opioid Crisis in 2017

Nov 29, 2018

Drug overdose rates rose across the country rose in 2017, but New Hampshire seems to have bucked the trend, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control.

The number of drug-related fatalities in New Hampshire stayed relatively stable last year as the crisis worsened in other areas.

Overdose death rates rose about 10 percent on average, according to CDC data, driven in large part by the rise of synthetic opioids like fentanyl.

The Granite State still has one of the highest overdose death rates in the country -- now ranking sixth, down from third in 2016.