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Medical Examiner: 7 Overdose Deaths in 2 Days

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Christopher Harris, (216) 443-7157; cbharris@cuyahogacounty.us 

CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Gilson, today issued public health alert, stating that Cuyahoga County has seen an increase in suspected overdose deaths since the beginning of the week. Cuyahoga County has suffered 7 overdose deaths in just over a 48-hour span. Toxicology testing has not yet confirmed which drug(s) have caused this recent increase, but it’s suspected that fentanyl is involved.

“The recent spike in overdose deaths, which has also been noted across Ohio, is concerning and still likely a result of fentanyl. Fentanyl is continuing to impact our communities, both in the City of Cleveland and suburbs,” said Dr. Gilson. “If you or someone you know is suffering from an addiction, help is available through the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County and programs such as Project DAWN. While we do not advocate using illegal drugs, someone addicted should avoid using drugs alone. Having someone in the vicinity to use naloxone and call 911 may save your life.”

If you or anyone that you know is actively using or recovering from opioid addiction, contact Project DAWN for information at 216-778-5677. Eligible program participants, are given FREE Naloxone kits – the opioid reversing antidote.

Additionally, the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County provides a 24-hour crisis hotline at 216-623-6888.