Heroin in the Heartland: Ohio Mobile Morgues
Morticians in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Stark, and Summit counties in Ohio are now using 20-foot cooling trailers as mobile morgues due to the horrific influx in deaths, primarily from overdoses. People in Ohio are experimenting with extremely dangerous drug cocktails that are proving to be more and more lethal by the day. “The new thing is mixing meth and carfentanil,” states Stark county investigator Rick Walters. Carfentanil is a deadly analogue of fentanyl, which is being more and more heavily abused in the rust-belt states like Ohio. Carfentanil is a high-grade tranquilizer used primarily for animals like tigers and elephants.
This isn’t the first time that Summit county has needed to use the mobile morgue as a method of storage. Last summer the county had an exponential increase in overdoses as well. Not far away, Montgomery county is calling to ask for help from funeral homes to see if they can help store bodies while they are examining the current overload of bodies they have at their morgue.
These trailers are being borrowed from the State Health department. Their intended use? To deal with mass casualties from catastrophes such as plane crashes. Walters stated that, “We thought when bird flu was moving in there would be a massive epidemic and we’d need the trailers for that. Instead we have this.” The Akron newspaper reports that just this year alone, there has been 90 overdose deaths in Stark County and 109 in Cuyahoga County.
With mobile morgues, school districts in Long Island stocking up on naloxone to combat overdoses in middle and high schools, and a new group of drugs found to be deadlier than heroine becoming prevalent, we at Infinite Recovery think that is time for us as a nation to truly look at this epidemic killing our neighbors, our friends, and our families. The time to help is now.
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