New Hampshire will receive $28.1 million in the coming year to battle the state’s drug abuse epidemic, the state’s two U.S. senators announced late Friday. The grant marks a decline from the record $34.9 million the state previously received, mainly because the number of fatal overdoses declined in 2019. In 2018, the state had 471 fatal overdoses.
That number dropped in 2019, though the official total is not yet known. In 2018, New Hampshire had the third-highest overdose rate, behind only West Virginia and Ohio.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported earlier this month that New Hampshire most recently ranked as the sixth-worst state for drug overdoses. Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware have joined the other states with higher death rates than New Hampshire.
Serving on the Senate Appropriations Committee, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., played a major role in changing the formula for the grants to give extra money to the states with the 10 highest rates of drug overdoses.