Boone County — With an average of 4.5 people dying each month, Boone County Coroner Jerry Harris hopes the additional $25,000 the county council gave him Tuesday for autopsies will last through the end of the year.
In July and August, Harris said, he spent $10,000 on autopsies, about a fifth of his annual budget.
Harris had a surprising answer to Councilman Gene Thompson’s question, “are you seeing that our residents are getting older and passing away?”
“On the contrary,” Harris said. “Many have been 20-, 30-, 40-year-olds found dead in bed.” Some of those deaths have been caused by overdoses of prescription drugs, he said.
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