Northeast Ohio county brings in mobile morgue in advance of possible holiday overdoses

(Courtesy: CNN Newsource/WJW)

AKRON, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- A northeast Ohio medical examiner's office is responding to a surge in heroin-related overdoses in a unique and controversial way.

The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office brought in a mobile morgue on June 17 after multiple overdoses had the morgue close to full capacity. Now, officials said they want to keep it through the July 4th holiday just in case, WJW reports.

Activists said the community would be better served by more addiction recovery centers than additional morgue space.

The mobile morgue belongs to the Ohio Department of Health.

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