SALEM, N.H. (AP) — Drug overdose deaths in New Hampshire are holding steady, but it’s too soon to celebrate the state’s relative success, Gov. Chris Sununu said Thursday.
Overdose deaths increased in every state except New Hampshire and South Dakota in 2020, according to a recent report from the National Center for Health Statistics. The state medical examiner’s most recent data show 416 confirmed and two possible deaths in 2020, compared to 415 the previous year. So far this year, there have been 214 confirmed or possible deaths, which is slightly lower than the year-to-date total in July 2020 but slightly higher than the July 2019 total.