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The latest figures from Florida’s medical examiners show sharp increases in drug related deaths.  Across all substances, 22 percent more Floridians lost their lives in 2016. 

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Florida’s medical examiners are warning the death toll from opioids is likely to spike as official data is released.  The most recent reporting doesn’t reflect the impact of some of the deadliest synthetic drugs.

A Jacksonville medical investigator has been jailed on charges he stole jewelry from dead people. Christopher Allen was arrested early Friday morning and charged with official misconduct and dealing in stolen goods.

Allen is a forensic investigator in the District 4 medical examiner’s office in Jacksonville. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has been investigating him since May when the family of a deceased person complained of missing jewelry. FDLE spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger says Allen worked the overnight shift.