Mar 14, 2017

Opioid overdoses force Ohio county to use portable morgue

Elaine Thompson / AP

Stark County (eastern Ohio, population: 375,586) required an emergency portable morgue from the state this weekend after the coroner's office was overwhelmed by fatal opioid overdoses, per ABC News 5 in Cleveland.

The county had to process 50 percent more bodies than its morgue's capacity this weekend. And it's seen a 20% increase for the year to date.

A local struggle: "It has undone all of the coroner's offices. We are spending tens of thousands of dollars a month on toxicologies and we have to keep adding to that."

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