Coroner’s Office overcrowded due to ODs

Montgomery County Coroner's Office. (WDTN, Justin Kraus)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Montgomery County Coroner’s Office says it’s always been busy and that’s because it covers the autopsy exams for areas outside the county.

But in recent months, it’s been filled to capacity because of the high number of killer drug overdoses.

The coroner’s office currently has extra equipment to store bodies. Examiners are using outdoor trailers to meet the increased number of overdose (OD) cases, but they’d prefer to have that space inside the laboratory.

Montgomery County Coroner, Dr. Kent Harshbarger says they haven’t had to turn away cases because of their capacity issues but without a change that might become a reality.

The county estimates it could cost nearly $40,000- $50,000 for a facility expansion.

“We are redesigning our cooler essentially. We are adding 10 to 12 spaces space in the cooler to help alleviate some of the capacity problems we’re having,” Harshbarger detailed.”I’m hoping the numbers will reduce over time. Montgomery County being a large referral center for other coroners office. We’re always at capacity so this will be a needed change for the future.”

Dr. Harshbarger says county officials have approved the additional funds for this expansion. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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