New Hampshire Handing Out Free Opioid Antidote

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire will begin handing out free kits of the opioid antidote naloxone this fall to families and friends of people at risk of an opioid overdose.

Governor Maggie Hassan and state officials will gather Tuesday to discuss the program and the state's other efforts to combat the heroin and opioid abuse crisis. More than 300 people died from drug-related overdoses last year in New Hampshire.

Lawmakers passed bills this year to exempt people from criminal prosecution in certain cases if they report an overdose and to make it easier to access naloxone.

Hassan and officials will discuss those bills and a new awareness campaign about drug overdoses at the press conference. State health officials, law enforcement, people in recovery, families of addicts and doctors will attend the press conference.