Heroin use and deaths are on the rise, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
More than half of the states in the U.S have seen a rise in heroin deaths. The rate of drug overdoses between 2010 and 2012 doubled, according to the study.
New Hampshire is one of 28 states that showed a sharp increase in heroin related deaths. The greatest increase was between 2010 and 2011, when the rate of heroin deaths increased by 45 percent.
Massachusetts also saw increases, but the exact rate was not available. Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont were not part of the CDC study.
Data showed that non-Hispanic white 25- to 34-year-olds are most likely to overdose, and it is twice as common among men than females.
The CDC said states are taking measures to combat the heroin problem. These include an increased availability of the drug Naxolone, which can be administered quickly to prevent drug overdose. Physicians are also receiving training in medication assistant treatments that can decrease drug addiction to prevent this issue.