No. 1: We Call a 'Drug Infested Den' Home
NH1'S TOP STORIES OF 2017: NO. 1, Opioid Crisis
In 2017, the problem in the Granite State continued to garner attention.
In January, during a phone call with Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto the pair discussed the border wall.
After Peña Nieto said Mexico won't pay for it. Trump responded saying, “if you are going to say that Mexico is not going to pay for the wall, then I do not want to meet with you guys anymore because I cannot live with that.”
The President continued, describing the wall as, "the least important thing we are talking about, but politically this might be the most important.”
In the transcripts, Trump discussed the drug crisis and the flow of illegal drugs into the United States from Mexico. “We have a massive drug problem where kids are becoming addicted to drugs because the drugs are being sold for less money than candy,” Trump said. “I won New Hampshire because New Hampshire is a drug-infested den.”
Trump didn't actually win New Hampshire. He lost the state's four electoral votes to Hillary Clinton in November's presidential election by about 2,700 votes. He did win the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary in February 2016.
That drug-infested den comment lingered throughout the year, though. Despite funding, treatment and national media attention, the Granite State still struggles to combat the problem.
In 2015, the Granite State ranked No. 2, behind West Virginia, for per capital opioid deaths. That same year, it ranked per capita for fentanyl-related deaths.
After reaching an overdose death high of 486 in 2016, the rate is set to decline in 2017. Hopefully, it continues in 2018.