N.H. Medical Examiner Seeking More Workers to Handle Heavy Caseload

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The state medical examiner’s office is dealing with a heavy workload amid the opioid crisis and staffing shortages. Its case load has nearly doubled in the last two decades due to population growth and the drug crisis. Former chief medical examiner Dr. Andrew Thomas retired this year, and Dr. Jennie Duval took his place. Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Duval about how the office is coping with these challenges. (Editor's note: this transcript has been edited lightly for clarity.) Can you describe for our audience what your job title means? What does the chief medical examiner do? Well, I’m in charge of the medical examiner’s office. There’s one medical examiner’s office for the state, and we are charged with investigating sudden and...

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