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  • US - Too many bodies in Ohio morgue, so coroner gets death trailer - nearly half of them victims of drug overdoses

    NEWS
    MAR 14 2017, 4:00 PM ET

    Too Many Bodies in Ohio Morgue, so Coroner Gets Death Trailer

    by CORKY SIEMASZKO
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    The Stark County coroner in Canton had a "cold storage mass casualty trailer" trucked-in on Saturday because the morgue was overflowing with bodies, nearly half of them victims of drug overdoses.
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    "We're up 20 percent this year," he said. "Our suicide rate is also up. The drug problem is costing us a significant amount of money. We're spending five digits every month on toxicology tests.'
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    And, Walters said, it's not just a Stark County problem. "It' been happening in all the counties around us," he said.
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    Walters said the trailer he borrowed from the state Health Department was originally intended for dealing with mass casualties from catastrophes like plane crashes.

    "We thought when bird flu was moving in there would be a massive epidemic and we'd need the trailers for that," he said. "Instead we have this."

    Currently, Walters said he has nine bodies in his morgue, several of them "suspected overdoses."
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    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/...railer-n733446
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