(RoyalPatriot.com )- America’s fentanyl epidemic has become so severe that some morgues around the country have run out of room to store the overdose victims.
According to Fox News, throughout the country, coroner’s offices say it has become difficult to keep up with the number of bodies piling up.
The number of US deaths from synthetic opioids has skyrocketed in recent years, jumping from 6,000 in 2015 to over 63,000 last year. And fentanyl is primarily driving the staggering increase.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office in Chicago needed more room and resources to deal with COVID deaths during the height of the pandemic. But even after the pandemic subsided, Cook County morgues are still desperate for extra space to accommodate those dying from fentanyl overdoses.
According to Cook County Medical Examiner Dr. Ponni Arunkumar, fentanyl deaths account for more non-natural deaths than even homicide or traffic accidents.
In Cook County alone, opioid-related deaths rose from 675 in 2015 to nearly 2,000 last year. Most of those are due to fentanyl, Dr. Arunkumar said.
But Cook County isn’t alone.
The Marion County Coroner’s Office in Indianapolis blames the rise in drug overdoses as part of the reason their morgue is overcrowded.
And the upward trend in opioid overdoses doesn’t appear to be stopping, with some coroners’ offices having to increase their budgets to accommodate the influx of the dead.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office has been using refrigerated trailers as added morgue space to handle all the bodies that come in.
According to Dr. Arunkumar, the increase in overdoses that began in 2020 has continued through 2021 and into this year. If it grows worse, the Medical Examiner’s office will have to find additional resources.