New Hampshire turns to data to combat opioid crisis

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) New Hampshire has announced a new initiative in which it will analyze data on insurance claims to better understand and combat the opioid crisis.

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu signed an executive order Thursday forming the New Hampshire Opioid Overprescribing and Misuse Project Advisory Council. Teaming up with technology nonprofit MITRE, the initiative will work to address problems with opioid prescriptions and misuse patterns. The council began its work Thursday.

Deaths due to synthetic opioids increased more than tenfold from 2013 to 2016 in New Hampshire, and the state had the second-highest rate of opioid-related overdose deaths in the country in 2016. But the numbers of opioid-related deaths were projected to slightly decline in 2018.

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