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Inspirational art is seen in an office at Bonfire Recovery Services, a sober living house for men in Dover, on Monday, May 18, 2015.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

With overdose deaths at all time high, more hope for NH recovery

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Investigating drug deaths has become an increasing part of the daily routine in the state medical examiner’s office. In 2014, drug overdoses killed a record 326 people, and as of July 1, the New Hampshire Medical Examiner’s office has confirmed 132 drug deaths and counting. “Those kinds of numbers are eye-popping,” said Dr. Thomas Andrew, New Hampshire’s Chief Medical Examiner. …

New program to treat drug use in prison on hold, awaiting Medicaid expansion

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Dr. Jeffrey Fetter knows there are pitfalls to overcoming addiction in prison. As the chief medical director for the state Department of Corrections, he has seen them firsthand: Suboxone and other banned drugs flooding in, restrictions on certain medications, limited funding and an environment that in no way mirrors the real world. “Incarceration,” he told a crowd of health workers last month, “would …

Prison program gives grandmother hope for recovery

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Mary Howard started reusing heroin when everyone else was dying from it. In winter and spring 2014, Vermont became the focal point of the national heroin crisis – a small, idyllic state seemingly overflowing with opiates. Gov. Peter Shumlin caught national attention with his State of the State speech that focused on the spate of drug-related deaths. It was then that Howard’s heroin …

Warplanes strike back at militants in troubled Sinai

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Egyptian warplanes launched new airstrikes and troops went house-to-house Thursday in the troubled Sinai Peninsula, a day after Islamic State-linked militants set off the area’s bloodiest fighting in decades in an unprecedented, coordinated attack. The combat, described as …

Prevent Lyme disease

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Are you like me? I came to New Hampshire for the wonderful outdoor opportunities here. From the gorgeous coastline, to lakes both grand and quaint, mountains for skiing and hiking, mountain and road biking and just sitting outside …

N.H. expands newborn screening program

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

New Hampshire is expanding its newborn screening program to include testing for a group of genetic disorders that often prove fatal if not detected and treated early. Starting Tuesday, the Department of Health and Human Services will screen newborns for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disorder, which occurs in an …

Manchester man pleads guilty, sentenced, in 2001 slaying of friend

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A Manchester man will serve 30 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to killing his close friend in 2001. Arthur Collins, 46, was arrested in May 2012 – almost 11 years after the body of 50-year-old George Jodoin was discovered in his bed at his Auburn …

Marine Patrol discusses safe water practices ahead of Fourth of July weekend

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Officials in New Hampshire and Maine are warning swimmers and boaters to heed water conditions in the wake of heavy rainfall, drownings and near-tragedies. New Hampshire Marine Patrol Sgt. Josh Dirth said Wednesday that the recent heavy rainfall …

Massive assault on Egypt army in Sinai kills 64 troops

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Dozens of Islamic militants unleashed a wave of simultaneous attacks, including suicide car bombings, on Egyptian army checkpoints in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday, killing at least 64 soldiers, officials said. The advanced planning and coordinated …

UMass Amherst takes new steps to comply with Iranian sanctions

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Massachusetts’s flagship public university confirmed that it won’t ban Iranian nationals from certain graduate programs as it initially said it would do this year but instead will unroll several new measures to comply with U.S. sanctions against Iran. …

Overcoming hostilities, U.S. and Cuba to open embassies

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

After more than a half-century of hostility, the United States and Cuba declared Wednesday they will reopen embassies in each other’s capitals this month, marking a historic full restoration of diplomatic relations between the Cold War foes. For …

Episcopalians vote to allow gay marriage in churches

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Episcopalians voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples, solidifying the church’s embrace of gay rights that began more than a decade ago with the pioneering election of the first openly gay bishop. The vote came …

Obama to expand overtime eligibility for millions of workers

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Obama administration plans to raise the wages of millions of Americans who work more than 40 hours a week by requiring employers to pay them overtime. Workers who earn as much as $970 a week would have to be paid overtime even if they’re classified as a …