Last month the National Center for Health Statistics released its most recent report of drug overdose deaths in the United States. New Hampshire was third on the list of deaths per 100,000 people in 2016.
West Virginia topped the list with 52.0 deaths per 100,000 people, followed by Ohio (39.1 ) and then New Hampshire (39.0).
Vermont, which had 22 deaths per 100,000 people, is considered statistically the same of the U.S. national rate.
The report summary included this sobering analysis of the stats — In 2016, the age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths (19.8 per 100,000) was more than three times the rate in 1999. Rates increased for both males (from 8.2 in 1999 to 26.2 in 2016) and females (from 3.9 in 1999 to 13.4 in 2016). Rates also increased for all age groups studied.