414 fatally OD’d in NH in 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Data from the state’s medical examiner shows that the number of people who died of drug overdoses in New Hampshire rose significantly last year.

New Hampshire Public Radio reports the latest statistics show that 414 people had fatal overdoses in the state last year. That’s up from 326 in 2014 and 192 the year before.

Nearly two-thirds of last year’s deaths involved fentanyl, and heroin-related deaths accounted for 1 in 5 of all fatal overdoses.

Officials say the rise in fentanyl use has worried them. The drug is often prescribed for cancer-related pain, but can also make its way into illegal drugs.

NH investigating possible voter fraud

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office is investigating claims of voter fraud during the state’s primary elections after troubling hidden camera videos surfaced.

Activist group Project Veritas released videos Wednesday depicting election workers telling out-ofstate residents that they can vote in the primary if they sign affidavits claiming they live in New Hampshire.

Assistant Attorney General Stephen LaBonte says his office is examining the conduct of election workers in the videos, which were taken at various polling stations across the state.

The Concord Monitor reports one of the videos shows an activist being told by a poll worker in Nashua to say that he’s staying in the state “indefinitely” and to write down his friend’s local address.

Project Veritas released similar videos in 2012.

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