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Medical examiner’s office in Seattle is running out of space for dead bodies amid fentanyl crisis


The drug epidemic in Washington state is so bad that some local coroner’s offices are at capacity or have nearly run out of space for the bodies of those who have died from overdoses. 

According to officials with the King County Medical Examiner’s Office, the department is struggling to keep up with the number of incoming bodies as the fentanyl crisis continues and worsens. 

‘A key indication of just how bad things are at the end of 2022 and likely to get worse [in] 2023, the medical examiner’s office is now struggling with the issue of storing bodies because the fentanyl-related death toll continues to climb,’ Seattle-King County Public Health Director Dr. Faisal Khan recently said. 

Officials raised alarms back in October when they reported more than 700 overdose deaths in the first 10 months of the year, more than all of 2021. 

Already In the first three weeks of 2023, 35 overdose deaths have occurred in King County, according to local outlets. 



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