Drug Overdose Deaths Swamp Medical Examiners

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The surge in drug overdose deaths has created an unprecedented nationwide demand for autopsies and toxicology examinations, Brian Peterson, president of the National Association of Medical Examiners, tells Stateline. Many medical examiners are working overtime and, in some places, they’re running out of refrigerated storage for bodies. When that happens, local officials typically borrow additional space at . . .

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