The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Hit and Run
In the six years since the federal government asked pharmaceutical companies to reformulate prescription opioids so patients couldn’t use them illicitly, Thomas Andrew, the chief medical examiner of New Hampshire, has seen his caseload skyrocket.
“It’s almost as if the Visigoths are at the gates, and the gates are starting to crumble,” Andrew told The New York Times‘ Katharine Seelye. “I’m not an alarmist by nature, but this is not overhyped. It has completely overwhelmed us.”
And he’s not alone:
Some medical examiners, especially in hard-hit Ohio, have had to store their corpses in cold-storage trailers in their parking lots. In Manatee County, Fla., Dr. Russell Vega, the chief medical examiner, said that when he reaches “overflow” conditions, he relies on a private body transport service to store the bodies elsewhere until his office can catch up.
In Milwaukee, Dr. Brian L. Peterson, the chief medical examiner, saidpost was originally published on this site