For decades, the number of fatal opioid overdoses nationwide had been steadily increasing, according to numbers from the National Vital Statistics System. But in 2018, the number of overall opioid deaths dropped to 46,802.
The town of Manchester has the highest rate of drug overdose than any other town in the entire state of New Hampshire.3 The county where Manchester is located, Hillsborough, also outpaces other counties in the state in the amount of overdose deaths.
Almost 40 percent of overdoses involving fentanyl came from a mix of the synthetic opioid and other illicit drugs (see chart below).
Adults between the ages of 20 and 40 years old accounted for more than half of the state’s total drug overdose deaths in 2016. This statistic is significant because almost every other age group saw a drop in overdoses. See chart below:
Males made up more than 70 percent of drug overdose deaths in New Hampshire in 2016.