Drug-Related Overdoses



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.

Unfortunately, the number of deaths from synthetic opioids - like fentanyl - continues to rise. Between 2017 and 2018, synthetic opioid deaths increased 9%.1


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.


Fentanyl + Other Illicit Drugs = A Deadly Combination

Almost 40 percent of overdoses involving fentanyl came from a mix of the synthetic opioid and other illicit drugs (see chart below).

Fentanyl Combinations chart 


Adults 20 to 40

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:

New Hampshire 2016 drug overdose deaths by age



Males made up more than 70 percent of drug overdose deaths in New Hampshire in 2016.



1Source: Drug Overdose Deaths in the United States (1999-2018), National Vital Statistics System

2“Fentanyl: The Next Wave of the Opioid Crisis.” Statement from Louis J. Milione Assistant Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration.  March 21, 2017.
3NH Drug Monitoring Initiative: Drug Environment Report (reports are updated monthly and listed on this site).