State Crime Lab inundated with opioid overdose cases

Lab officials say they need more space and employees to deal with the epidemic.

By Winnie Wright

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) — The opioid epidemic is impacting every facet of the criminal justice system: officers are burdened with additional cases, first responders with overdoses but another aspect calls itself "out of sight, out of mind.”

That is the Arkansas State Crime Lab. It has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic and is expecting things to get a whole lot worse before they get better.

The Arkansas State Crime Lab is averaging 21,000 drug cases every year. A growing number of those cases are due to the opioid epidemic.

While their caseload is growing, their facilities and personnel are not. Causing a backlog of cases.

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