How the Epidemic of Drug Overdose Deaths Ripples Across America – A sobering visual graphic illustrates the gravity of the problem throughout the US and in New Hampshire: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/01/07/us/drug-overdose-deaths-in-the-us.html

And the CDC responds – New guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain: http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2503508

More from the NY Times:  The guidelines recommend what many addiction experts have long called for: that doctors first try ibuprofen and aspirin to treat pain, and that opioid treatment for short-term pain last for three days, and rarely longer than seven. That is far less than current practice, in which patients are often given two weeks’ or a month’s worth of pills. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/16/health/cdc-opioid-guidelines.html?smid=tw-nythealth&smtyp=cur