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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 …

Flag store owners must decide if Confederate flag is symbol of hate, or historic marker

Monday, June 29, 2015

In a photo discovered online, the white man accused of killing nine African Americans during a Bible study in South Carolina is shown brandishing a gun – and a Confederate flag. The debate over the Confederate flag – …

Citing state budget, officials raise tuition at New Hampshire’s universities

Monday, June 29, 2015

After a two-year freeze, tuition at New Hampshire’s state universities will go up next year. Facing $9 million less than they requested in state funding, University System of New Hampshire officials will raise tuition by 2.75 percent and …

SpaceX launch ends in failure, rocket erupts

Sunday, June 28, 2015

An unmanned SpaceX rocket carrying supplies and a first-of-its-kind docking port to the International Space Station broke apart Sunday shortly after liftoff. It was a severe blow to NASA, still reeling from previous failed shipments. The accident happened …

2nd escaped murderer is shot, captured after other killed

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The second of two convicted murderers who staged a brazen escape three weeks ago from a maximum-security prison in northern New York was shot and captured near the Canadian border Sunday, two days after his fellow inmate was …

Supreme Court ruling makes pride parades historic, jubilant

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Hundreds of thousands of people Sunday packed gay pride events from Chicago to New York City, Seattle to San Francisco, with overall attendance expected in the millions for what amounted to a celebration of a freshly endorsed right …

Greece imposes capital controls, banks to remain shut

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Greece’s five-year financial crisis took its most dramatic turn to date Sunday, with the prime minister announcing Greek banks would remain shut indefinitely and restrictions would be imposed on cash withdrawals. The decision came on the recommendation of …

Iran nuclear talks to miss Tuesday deadline, will run ‘a few days’ longer

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Iran nuclear talks will spill beyond a Tuesday deadline, officials said Sunday as Iran’s foreign minister broke off from the negotiations and flew to Tehran for consultations. A potential agreement to rein in Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief remains elusive in this final round …

Tunisia launches nationwide manhunt for attack accomplices

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The student who massacred vacationers on a Tunisian beach and at a swank resort hotel acted alone during the attack but had accomplices who supported him beforehand, an Interior Ministry official said Sunday. Police were searching nationwide for …

Innovative desk makers take a stand against sitting at work

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The hottest trend in office furniture is standing desks because sitting is believed to be unhealthy – “the new smoking.” That’s created yet another wave of products for people who like the idea of standing but aren’t necessarily …

Papa John’s spending $100 million a year to clean up menu

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Papa John’s is spending $100 million a year to eliminate artificial ingredients and other additives from its menu, underscoring the cost of the restaurant industry’s shift to more natural foods. The company removed monosodium glutamate, or MSG, from its ranch dressing last year and pulled trans fats from …