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Some Deaths Ruled Suicides Might be Something Else

 A recent Atlanta Journal Constitution investigation finds that many deaths labeled suicides by authorities in Georgia haven't undergone a full forensic examination. The AJC analyzed a database of nearly 175 thousand state death certificates and found that more than one thousand deaths since 2011 were labeled suicides, but no full examinations were performed.

Many of the reports were made by elected coroners. Many of those holding the office lack training in medicine and forensic pathology. Coroners attributed deaths to a variety of causes including gunshot wounds, hanging, and self mutilation. In at least 69 cases, officials said suicides were caused by drug overdoses, but never verified that with laboratory tests.

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