Ohio county considering adding 2nd morgue to handle rising number of fentanyl overdoses

Ohio county considering adding 2nd morgue to handle rising number of fentanyl overdoses

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ohio — If overdose deaths don’t slow down in Franklin County, Ohio, a temporary morgue may be needed to store the bodies.

The county has seen 23 overdose deaths from January 31 to February 7, Dr. Anahi Ortiz, the county’s coroner, said in a statement on her Facebook page. The next day, the county had five more.

Most of the deaths were likely due to fentanyl, Ortiz said.

Morgue techs are “constantly working [and] don’t take lunch” to keep up with the overdose deaths, the county coroner told CNN affiliate WSYX. If the overdose rate stays at the same pace or worsens, the county may have to bring in a temporary morgue for storage of bodies, Ortiz said.

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