Greta Kaul Last year, opioid drugs were responsible for nearly 2,100 nonfatal overdoses treated in Minnesota hospitals and claimed 395 lives, according to the Minnesota Department of Health, which experts take as a sign of a growing problem fueled by prescription painkillers, heroin and an ever-expanding list of powerful synthetic drugs. When we hear about the strain caused by a mounting death toll, the narrative is often focused on the human tragedy — a descent into dependence on the highly addictive drugs, lives destroyed or lost — often at a young age, and grieving families. We don’t hear as often about the strain the increase in overdose deaths can place on the people whose job it is to investigate the circumstances of...
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Add to the list of people hit by the opioid epidemic in Minnesota: medical examiners