Ohio Coroner Running Out Of Room For Bodies Due To Opioid Crisis

3,050 Ohio residents died last year from drug overdoses. 

By Gina Tron

A coroner's office in Ohio has run out of space for dead bodies due to the opioid epidemic, according to CBS Pittsburgh. And, it’s not the first time either. It’s the second time over the course of a year.

The Tribune-Review reported the Montgomery County office had 13 bodies on Monday, 12 of them opioid overdoses.

Coroner Dr. Kent Harshbarger said the cooler is currently holding 42 bodies.

If this pace continues, I'm not really sure what we're going to do," Harshbarger told the Tribune. "It's full every night."

In February the coroner's office also ran out of space due to the opioid epidemic. Dr. Harshbarger said he has been considering renting space at funeral homes in the community to handle the overflow of death bodies. He reportedly rents refrigerated trailers that can be brought in when deaths spike.

"I'm looking at 2,900 autopsies, 2,000 of them overdoses," Harshbarger said. His office reportedly handled about 2,000 autopsies total in 2016.

An Ohio crime lab that will focus exclusively on testing drugs such as opiates was announced Tuesday.

According to CBS News, 3,050 Ohio residents died last year from drug overdoses, most of them heroin- or painkiller-related.

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