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COVID-19 deaths may be trending down, but opioid related deaths are not


As we near the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, another health crisis is being brought back into the spotlight in the Mid-South, opioid-related deaths. “We’re still feeling the impact of that increased caseload,” said Dr. Ben Figura. Figura is the Director of the West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center, where he and his team perform the autopsies and certify manner(s) of death for 14 Tennessee counties, including Shelby County.



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