Manchester year-over-year opioid overdoses on the rise

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MANCHESTER, N.H. – With the first three months of 2022 now complete, it appears that Manchester’s rate of opioid overdoses has returned to pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels.

In January, February and March there were 163 suspected opioid overdoses in Manchester according to American Medical Response, Manchester’s ambulance service. That figure is more comparable to totals from 2018 (165) and 2019 (160) than during the pandemic years of 2020 (102) and 2021 (105).

In March, AMR reported 55 suspected opioid overdoses in Manchester, with seven opioid-related deaths in Manchester and Nashua during the month of March pending verification from the New Hampshire Chief Medical Examiner.

AMR also reported that many of the reported opioid overdoses came from people who were unaware they were using opioids, following a national trend of opioids being found in numerous types of such as cocaine and marijuana.

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Born and raised in the Granite State, Andrew Sylvia has written approximately 10,000 pieces over his career for outlets across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. On top of that, he's a licensed notary and licensed to sell property, casualty and life insurance, he's been a USSF trained youth soccer and futsal referee for the past six years and he can name over 60 national flags in under 60 seconds according to that flag game app he has on his phone, which makes sense because he also has a bachelor's degree in geography (like Michael Jordan). He can also type over 100 words a minute on a good day.