FARMINGTON, Conn. — The Connecticut Chief Medical Examiner’s Office has been granted another year of partial accreditation as it tries to address a staffing problem.

The agency’s seven forensic pathologists are performing more than 325 autopsies a year apiece — the limit set by the National Association of Medical Examiners. Officials say autopsies have increased 70 percent since 2010, mostly because of drug overdose deaths.

Chief Medical Examiner James Gill says his office was notified Wednesday of the year-long extension by the medical examiners association. He says his office will lose accreditation completely if the governor and lawmakers do not approve two more pathologists.

The office was placed on partial accreditation status earlier this year.

Some lawyers say losing accreditation could cast some doubt on the agency’s credibility.

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