By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — City police said yesterday that they responded to their first fatal overdose early yesterday afternoon, at an apartment building at 736 Union Ave.
Canfield said so far this year, city police and emergency crews have responded to 10 overdoses of some kind, averaging 3.4 per day.
Capt. Matt Canfield said the identity of the 42-year-old man is being withheld pending notification of his family members. He said the cause of death appeared to be opioid-related and an autopsy is scheduled for today.
According to The Union Leader, there were 399 confirmed fatal opioid overdoses in New Hampshire in 2015, leading state, local and federal officials and even presidential candidates to rail against the crisis and demand action.
Locally, the City Council approved an additional police position two years ago to work with heroin users and help them to get what treatments is available to them though local and state private and not-for-profit agencies.
IN addition, the Police Department in conjunction with the School District has had DARE programs for years in the elementary schools and is working to expand the DARE program to the middle school.
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