Opioid epidemic leads Montgomery County to build morgue

Montgomery County is building first ever county owned morgue.

Posted: Jan 3, 2018 6:27 PM
Updated: Jan 3, 2018 6:59 PM

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Montgomery County Coroner Darren Forman knows losing a loved one is never easy.


"All the coroners, and medical examiners, we're all dealing with the same problem," said Forman. 

Montgomery Co Morgue

Typically bodies in Montgomery County are kept at Franciscan Health Crawfordsville, however only two bodies can be held there at a time and with the increase in opioid deaths, there isn't enough room to store bodies. 

The city recently purchased an old manufacturing warehouse facility and are letting the county put a morgue inside. 

Construction on the morgue is underway, and if all goes as planned it should be finished by the end of January.

Forman said one reason for the storage issues, is because many of the drug overdose deaths are younger people, who haven't discussed funeral arrangements with family.

Having a morgue in the county will give families more time to make arrangements after an unexpected death. The morgue will cost around $8,000.

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