WHY IS THIS A PROBLEM?

Coroners are complaining about lack of morgue space because of all the opioid deaths in the area.

Not sure what the problem is.

1. Find body.

2. Run tests.

3. Opioid related? Cremate it and put ashes in urn until family comes to get it.

End of problem. No need to keep them frozen. Lots of space available now.

For the second time this year, a coroner’s office in Ohio has run out of space for dead bodies due to the opioid epidemic.

The Trib reports the Montgomery County, Ohio office had 13 bodies yesterday, and 12 of them were overdoses.

Coroner, Dr. Kent Harshbarger, says they have already expanded the cooler once last year because space for 36 wasn’t enough, it now holds 42.

“If this pace continues, I’m not really sure what we’re going to do,” Dr. Harshbarger told the Trib. “It’s full every night.”

In February the coroner’s office also ran out of space due to the opioid epidemic.

Dr. Harshbarger said then that he was considering renting space at funeral homes in the community to handle the overflow.

He also reportedly rents refrigerated trailers that can be brought in when deaths spike.

“I’m looking at 2,900 autopsies, 2,000 of them overdoses,” Dr. Harshbarger told the Trib.

His office reportedly handled fewer than 2,000 autopsies total in 2016.

A Ohio crime lab that will focus exclusively on testing drugs such as opiates contributing to Ohio’s record overdose deaths was announced Tuesday.

Among the drugs tested by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation lab in Springfield will be heroin, fentanyl and carfentanil.

Attorney General Mike DeWine and officials from Clark County and Springfield planned to unveil the lab Tuesday.

BCI also operates crime labs in Bowling Green, London and Richfield.

Last year a record 3,050 Ohioans died from fatal drug overdoses, most of them heroin- or painkiller-related deaths.

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5 Responses to WHY IS THIS A PROBLEM?

  1. Leonard Jones says:

    Grind them up and use them for fertilizer!

  2. redneckgeezer says:

    Leonard, you could just use them to make Soylent Green…

  3. bogsidebunny says:

    In no case give them Narcan Someone has to gather all the Narcan injectors up, empty them, refill them with battery acid and put ’em back where they came from. Opioid problem solved one dipshit at a time.

  4. Snookie says:

    As someone who has had a child fall afoul of opioids, I pray to God that all of you never have to live through it. I agree with about 95% of the opinions on this site. This is the one exception. Luckily my son was able to come through it, survive it, and thrive. Many are nowhere near as lucky as we were. This is a major problem and you can call me racist if you want, but it is hitting the affluent white demographic very hard.

  5. Dan says:

    Problem is when no obvious physical cause of death is found they must run toxilogical tests on
    body fluids to look for poisons, drugs etc. And that usually takes WEEKS, sometimes months depending on a variety of factors. Till those results come back they sometimes cannot release the body for disposal depending on state laws.

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