Lack of storage space for bodies and shorthanded medical examiners have cost the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner its full national accreditation due to deficiencies largely rooted in a spike of fatal drug overdoses in the state.

The OCME’s office said in a release Wednesday that inadequate staffing and refrigerated body storage are among the major deficiencies found by the National Association of Medical Examiners. NAME accredits 90 offices in the U.S., serving more than 166 million people, according the release, including offices in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont and New Hampshire.

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