Coroner reports record breaking overdoses in Madison Co.

MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Madison County coroner says 2019 has been a record breaking year for overdose deaths.

Coroner, Jimmy Cornelison says there’s been about 230 deaths in Madison County. He admits he’s alarmed by how many of those deaths are overdoses.

Last year, the coroner says there were 42 people who died from overdoses. This year, he has 47 cases and five cases that are pending.

“It’s depressing sometimes,” said Jimmy Cornelison, Madison County Coroner.

Opioids have gotten a lot of attention in the last few years, but Cornelison says now he’s seeing meth the most.

“So now they’re making meth out of every kind of garbage you can think of so it’s probably cheaper,” said Cornelison.

Cornelison says anyone can die from drugs, but most often he sees adults 30 years and older.

“I’ve done everything from pharmacist from people who didn’t have two quarters to rub together. It makes no difference,” said Cornelison.

The coroner hopes the numbers drop in 2020, but he says he’s confident that won’t happen unless there’s a serious change.

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