Pennsylvania Coroner Says Dying Addicts Keep Morgue Full "Most Nights"

Tyler Durden's picture

The coroner’s office in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania is literally running out of room for all the bodies that are piling up because of America’s worsening synthetic opioid epidemic, according to

As the story notes, heroin isn’t responsible for these deaths; rather, Synthetic opioids like fentanyl, carfentanil and their many analogues are the chief culprit.

As Triblive reports:


“Lab-created, designer opioids have far outpaced heroin as a killer of addicts, and they've kept the coroner's office full on most nights.


"If this pace continues, I'm not really sure what we're going to do," said Montgomery County, Ohio, coroner Dr. Kent Harshbarger. "We had 13 (bodies) yesterday, and 12 of them were overdoses."


The county’s coroner had to expand his cooler last month because its 36-body capacity wasn’t enough. It now has room for 42 bodies, and the country still occasionally runs out of space.

“It’s full every night.”

Harshbarger even ran out of space one day earlier this year, again because of overdoses, and was forced to send some bodies to a local funeral home for storage. He also occasionally rents refrigerated trailers that can be brought in when deaths spike.

In Allegheny County, health officials, instances of fentanyl-related overdoses surpassed those of heroin for the first time in 2016. Six hundred people overdosed and died in the county last year – most from opioids, said Dr. Karen Hacker, director of the Allegheny County Health Department.

Having surpassed gun homicides for the first time in 2015, the epidemic of heroin and opioid related deaths in the US continues to grow, amid the dismal failure of the 'war on drugs.’ Lawmakers, who have only just begun to wake up to the crisis, have requested more data about the synthetic opioid fentanyl, including how it is trafficked and how many people it has killed.

The ramifications of the crisis stretch far beyond hospitals and morgues: Ohio saw a 13% increase in children in foster care last year, which officials suspect is linked to the growing number of overdose deaths.

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Croesus's picture

I live in Pennsyltucky...yes, it's as bad as they say it is. Drugs are everywhere here.

A local cop told my Dad that 40% of the high school is booting H.

peippe's picture

yeah, that's gotta suck.

no opportunity to write them speeding tickets later. 

this is going to be hilarious, long term.

J S Bach's picture

Behold the pathetic fruits of our Afghanistan war policy.  Gotta keep those poppy fields burgeoning and funds flowing into the iniquitous coffers of our criminal CIA.

AltRight Girl's picture

Everyone taking drugs deserves a bodybag.

Can we speed legalization so we can cull the BLM chimps out there?

Meanwhile, BLM has it a bit difficult in Alabama:

Alabama Passes a Bill Making Attacking Police Officers a Hate Crime

ky8's picture

How anyone could down vote this is a f@#king mystery to me?

Blano's picture

They're probably downvoting the chronic spammer that posted it which ZH won't stop.

Avatar Of Failure's picture

Since when Bach is a spammer?

Sudden Debt's picture

There are enought people on ZH also that are drug addicts and who hate it when they're confronted with people who call them addicts.

They're in denial and will downvote anybody who says drugs is bad.

But in the end they all end up on the streets and in such bodybags listed as another number.


Drugs turns you in the ultimate lemming. If you use drugs, no excuse is valid and your weak.

And weak people are the first to die.

When this economy flips, they'll have a extreme hard time because now that the governments are broke, nobody will help them anymore.


Luc X. Ifer's picture

Well, something smells fishy here, per my humble knowledge Americans are the luckiest people on this planet, lucky to be born in the greatest country which ever existed in the human kind history, so, how come that so many of them are so depressed that they find happines only trough bathing their brains into chemicals inducing happiness?!

Luc X. Ifer's picture

Nope, I'm Alpha & I'm Omega also.


peopledontwanttruth's picture

The article said,

Lawmakers, who have only just begun to wake up to the crisis, have requested more data about the synthetic opioid fentanyl, including how it is trafficked and how many people it has killed.

Let me translate--- We're not going to do nothing

If these lawmakers aka former attorneys in practice need more education on this by now you're dragging your feet. They know the importance of CIA drug money to keep their scam going as USA representatives.

itstippy's picture

Not doing anything?  Surely you jest.

They're forming committees to study the situation, gathering data and doing analysis, hosting meetings and retreats to discuss possible future options, creating dot charts to track developments.  They can't just take action without further clarity.  We must continue what we've been doing for now, and carefully consider possible theoretical potential options that could, perhaps, be employed on a limited trial basis some time in the future.  This all takes time and considerable money; increasing funding is the first step.

peopledontwanttruth's picture

That was so good you must be a politician. LOL

peopledontwanttruth's picture

That was decades ago. Spoke with many young people on many of their actions.

They said they don't see a future for any long term. Living wild because they know the previous generations before them ruined everything. This country isn't a fraction of what it WAS

economessed's picture

This article makes me sad.  America used to be the land of opportunity, but all the parasites (we call them "rent seekers" in economics) have got theirs and left everyone else with no hope, little opportunity, and enough societal debt to drown a shipload of rats.  That any person feels an opiate fix is a better choice than what America has to offer is a DAMN SHAME.  We are better than this.  Kids shouldn't be stuffing morgues.  Fcuk that.  Why don't these kids with nothing left to lose grab the necks of the politicians who have chosen winners and losers and SQUEEZE HARD AND LONG.

techpriest's picture

Step 1: Kill your TV

Step 2: Kill your Facebook

Step 3: Watch the documentary "Fat Head" and get your health under control

Step 4: You now have to basic tools to start finding some real education and opportunity.

peippe's picture

that looks like a prescription for sanity ^

Troy Ounce's picture


Chaos coming to your neighbourhood worldwide.


SmokeyBlonde's picture

All well and good, but just who do you think TPTB are going to target first? 

1) Those not on FuckFace

2) Those with no cable/satellite TV

3) Those with arable land

4) Those registered R or I

Tools for survival are all well-and-good, but that also makes one a high-priority target.

not dead yet's picture

It's because most of the country, especially those "who see no future," are spoiled pussies who don't know how good they have it. All excuses to lay around on their dead asses or get drunk or high. These kids could do community service to keep themselves busy but instead shoot up. Kinda hard to have a future when you make no effort. Now we rank colleges by parties as if it's a good thing. We glorify drinking and getting stoned and look upon drunks with amusement and celebration instead of the POS they are. Lots of hand wringing about Americans, even those with good incomes, having no money and they come up with all kinds of bullshit reasons instead of the real ones. Americans just can't get enough drugs and booze because they like getting high not because they are depressed about the future. All the booze companies are doing just fine and record amounts of drugs continue to flood the country and this is where a huge chunk of money goes. Millions of "selfish" boomers are raising their grandkids, and get no monetary help like foster parents get, because their parents are druggies or boozers. Millions more "selfish" boomers are on the hook for their ungrateful kids student loans as those kids partied their way through school and continue to party and crash in their parents basements. The lure of drugs and booze and having a good time can't be blamed on most of the parents as all types of media glorify their use along with pressure from peers. One example is the hours given to spring break coverage with all the half naked people having a great time while shooting up or guzzling suds. Beach volleyball with almost naked millionaire bimbos and jocks all sponsored by the booze companies. The ones whose knecks need to be squeezed are the idiots who drink and drug not the politicians or whoever else they want to blame for their poor decisions. The USA where true victims are shunned and pissed on and those that make poor decisions to cause their problems are considered victims.

Quantum Bunk's picture

because the economy is fuct and the US is a bad place to live

peippe's picture

I do believe, at some time in the near past, 

educators were enabling their charges & expecting semi-great things from them.

Later, teacher-as-God seemed to make an appearance, along with police walking the hallways....

Motivation seems to be stifled hereabouts, child-like behavior is encouraged,playing ball sports is 

supposed to make a child an adult, 'dangerous' books aren't banned, they are just not acknowleged, 

not put out on the shelf for younger eyes to see.  It must be control issue(s) that triggered all of this.

Which brings us to today.

factorypreset's picture

I often wonder if this is one of the ways the elites plan to cull the herd. 

Oh regional Indian's picture

You say that like it should be doubted ... the story is deep and convoluted, has so many angles to it.... and you can be sure every angle of attack and exploitation is being used... to cull the herd as they see it.

The core is induced PTSD.... the joos know that well......



GunnerySgtHartman's picture

Or maybe "survival of the fittest" at work???

Secret Weapon's picture

Are you suggesting that Mr. Darwin is still working his magic? I suspect that it is the direct consequence of the war on drugs.

1033eruth's picture

HOw the fuck did 8 people and counting give you a thumbs up?  

So you're saying and the 8 morons that like your comment that the people shooting up did not have free will?  That the elites TIED THEM DOWN and gave them lethal injections like they were being executed?

A weak mind is generated on a VOLUNTARY basis.  Its a choice people make just like the blacks.  Blacks can CHOOSE to remain ignorant despite having all the resources available to them to learn and sort the clues.  The elites aren't keeping them down.

factorypreset and all your idiot admirers - You're insinuating that ALL AMERICANS, that means YOU, are powerless before the propaganda of the elites and must do and think whatever they want.  Well why the fuck aren't you dead of an overdose then?  Remember, nobody has free will.  DOUCHEBAG and the fucking idiots that gave you thumbs up for being braindead.

Vendetta's picture

8 years of no hope and no change 'saved the system' guy with over a decade of 24/7 incessant nonsensical blather of MSM whether 'liberal' or 'conservative' and people still don't understand why young people have so little to look to the future for and feel lost even with indoor plumbing and running water in the land of the 'free'.... I know people with 'genius' IQs who are completely brainwashed and now understand how Germany became how it was going into WWII .... propaganda works... even on 'strong' minds .. yay!  Not to detract from your statement regarding people who choose to remain ignorant which I agree with however it requires the will to experience emotional pain to diffuse the effect of beliefs based on very effective brainwashing to be set free from it.

HRH Feant2's picture

I have some family members out your way. You have my sympathy.

I think drugs are everywhere. It comes down to if you were taught to stay away from the dangerous ones.

Heroin is a death sentence. The younger they start, the younger they die.

ebworthen's picture

Big Pharma and .gov doing a victory lap.

Get them hooked on Oxycontin (heroin derivative) then make it un-affordable after they have been milked.  Then kill them off.

Push them into the street to buy Heroin they've been hooked on by the drug dealer syndicate of VA and "healthcare" policies of Obamacare.

Sheep to the slaughter; by design:

peopledontwanttruth's picture

I've often said that's the only reason they created this monstrous drug. Planned demolition of the human family. Sickos.

My wife is a nurse in critical care. Says they come in a lot drugs the culprit.
Seen several 20 year olds bodies shot from H and other hard drugs. Dead even after being clean from heart disease and other organs destroyed

not dead yet's picture

Bullshit. Stupid fucks blaming big pharma, bankers, MIC, the easter bunny, or whoever for even stupider fucks who made bad decisons that ruined their lives. The only people stupider than those idiots who ruined their lives with drugs or booze are those who claim they are victims. Someday one of your precious "victims" will kill one of your kids while being high or drunk or you get messed up when the drunk crosses the center line and you're in the hospital for 6 months and lose everything you own to pay the bills cuz the drunk was uninsured and had no assets because he spent every dime on booze or drugs. That will be your wakeup call but it will be far too late.

peopledontwanttruth's picture

Ha you too live here in this tax filled state. I saw your reference to Pennsyltucky and laughed. No one else calls it that until you've lived here.

Had 2 high school kids who wanted to bet me that we'd leave the house at the same time. Me to a Dr appointment to get meds with prescription. They'd go to their school to get anything that I'd name. Said they'd be back to the house with any drug I'd name before the doctor would see me. I live in rural Pa. not a city.

Yes it's bad here but I'm sure it is everywhere.

Offthebeach's picture

Americans, others,  maybe most "modern" westerners are the human equivalent of farm, caged raised chickens.  Maybe even more like lab grown tissue.  They, we, are processed, controled, mental/psychological/sprituallyless bred to be survile, passive, obediant, uniform beasts, to be sold to, to be worked or not worked, to fight oversease but vegetatively passive domestically.

Naturally any farm raised product is susceptible to dis-ease.  Unable by design to think for themselves,  the masses wallow in their abandoned once production facilities, attended by skeleton deep state crews.


Brave old world, finishing off surpluss sheeple.

Luc X. Ifer's picture

Congrats for choosing the red pill, welcome to the gang!

Great Deceivah's picture

Notice how this happens to be a "white" people only epidemic?

The Obbumma administration masterminded this tragedy, to kill white kids in rural areas.. 

Eric Holder was an attorney for a Big Pharma company.. this is how the legal opioid epidemic spread for the last 8 years under Obumma.

This is why nothing is being done about it.. in spite of the corrupt US gubmint spending millions and millions of dollars on the "war on drugs"

divingengineer's picture

Always room for one more.

Schmuck Raker's picture

Yeah.... "terrorists" are the biggest threat.

AKKadian's picture

Hillary supporters.!!!

Collectivism Killz's picture

No, actually many would probably support Trump. People in the rust belt forgotten by a country they loved

techpriest's picture

Makes me glad that my dad got out of there, and moved to GA.

. . . _ _ _ . . .'s picture

Looks like opioids are trying to challenge the American military for the title of most civilians killed.

Schmuck Raker's picture

But there's more profit in killing THEIR people, so I expect the MIC will catch up.

1033eruth's picture

You have any idea how little sympathy I have for this story?  

But first am I supposed to be outraged and begging Uncle Fraud for some kind of intervention because people are committing suicide?  


If they want to cut their life short because its just too unbearable for them TOO FUCKING BAD.  END OF STORY.  

I don't care!!!

And that's their prerogative as self-determing human beings.  Its not Uncle's Fraud's responsibility to do something about it, nor is it their fellow human beings to proclaim that this is a great tragedy and something must be done.  ITS THEIR LIVES.  They can do with it what they want and that's what happens in a society that honors freedom and liberty.  That's the rub though.  We don't live in a country with freedom and liberty and more.

Oliver Klozoff's picture

The snare that is set for these self-determining human beings is the responsibility of a criminal element that has remained untouched since the inception of the "war" on drugs. In 1971.

So yeah, Uncle Fraud shares the blame.

Luc X. Ifer's picture

Yup, the times of the jungle requires one to obey the rules of surving in the jungle, who's not flitting is just following the nature's old law - survival of the fittest and extinction for the unfit. The social jungle is the result of a collapsed society where previously it's members where decently happy social fairness wise, seen that once in the former east european soviet bloc, lived to see it 2nd time in the soviet bloc of north america.

economessed's picture

Mr./Mrs. 1033eruth,

I don't want to pick a fight with you.  That's not why I'm acknowledging your comment.  You subscribe to free will - I get that.  But does it not bother you in the least that kids would rather just die than try?  I find it hard to believe that a passionate person would just tell ordinary citizens to pick death, rather than get annoyed that this is happening at all.  Where the fcuk did we go wrong?  I believe that a live still deserves to be lived.  Killing yourself isn't a solution to a problem.  Down vote away.  It's the internet.  I can handle it.