Ohio county may need a second morgue to handle drug overdose deaths, coroner says


Drug overdose deaths are reaching record highs in Ohio’s most populous county, straining resources, forcing hospitals to hold on to the dead and pushing the coroner’s office to consider opening a second morgue, the Franklin County coroner said.

Between Jan. 31 and Feb. 9, Franklin County has experienced almost 30 deaths due to suspected opioid overdoses, Dr. Anahi Ortiz, the county coroner, told ABC News. The figure includes 10 overdose deaths on one day.