New Tougher Rules for Opioid Death Investigations

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — In the wake of a national opioid epidemic Mississippi is toughening its investigations of drug overdose deaths. State narcotics bureau officials will now respond to the scene of every suspected overdose in the state to assist coroners and medical examiners in reporting deaths by opioid overdose. Coroners and medical examiners are required by state law to report overdose deaths to the MBN online and 255 Mississippians reportedly died from drug overdoses in 2017. In October President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national public health state of emergency; in 2016 over 42,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses, five times more than in 1999.

 


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