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Coroner questions autopsy policy

Scaling back could save $10,000 per year, Rob Ryg says

By the numbers

$1,000: the cost for each autopsy

$10,000: estimate of how much the county could save each year by using a “common sense approach” to ordering autopsies on unattended deaths, according to Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg

25: approximate number of autopsies ordered by Routt County per year

$100 to $200: The cost of toxicology screens. These tests will be used even if an autopsy isn’t ordered. More extensive screens cost as much as $400.