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Why One Ohio Coroner Ran out of Room for Bodies

The opioid epidemic is taking its toll all the way to the grave — if the bodies make it that far. Macabre as it is, an Ohio coroner’s office has twice run out of space for dead bodies because opioids are killing so many people. According to CBS News, 2,000 of 2,900 autopsies performed in the featured coroner’s facility showed opiate overdoses as the cause of death.

Death rates from overdoses of oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone and other prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999, and this isn’t the first coroner’s office to report they’re overwhelmed with bodies due to the crisis. It’s hit young and old, but seniors seem particularly at risk. Studies show that 1 in 4 Americans who use these painkillers become addicted, yet less than one-third of people getting an opiate prescription actually question their need, or refuse them.

Along with this problem is the rising use of heroin, which painkiller addicts end up using when their tolerance level surpasses their allotted prescription dosage or when they are no longer allowed to refill their opiate prescription.

If you suffer from chronic pain, dietary changes can be helpful, from consuming more animal-based omega-3 fats to radically reducing your intake of processed foods and sugars.

I also believe that medical marijuana could help fight the opioid epidemic, as increasing research suggests medical marijuana is an effective agent for pain relief with fewer side effects and risks compared to prescription opioids. Also, in states where marijuana is now legal, opioid overdose deaths have actually decreased.
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