Overdose Surge Kills 12 in 2 Days says Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner

An injectable drug is loaded into a syringe while prescription medication is strewn about haphazardly.

November 8, 2021

Medical Examiner: Overdose Surge Kills 12 in 2 Days

CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Gilson, today issued a public health alert, stating that Cuyahoga County suffered at least 12 suspected overdose deaths in a two-day period.

“This recent trend of clustered overdoses is alarming. There were an additional 4 on Thursday of  last week. It remains to be seen what the cause is, but the public should be aware that there is a  serious threat to their lives if they are using street drugs right now in Cuyahoga County.” Dr. Gilson warned.

Expedited forensic testing is underway to confirm which drug(s) may have caused the recent spike. At the current rate, Cuyahoga County is expected to suffer at least more than 700 overdose deaths this year.

Death  

Date  

Month

Death  

Date Day

Death  

Date Year

Gender  Age  Hispanic  Race  Residence City
11  06  2021  Female  48  No  Black  Cleveland
11  06  2021  Male  46  Yes  White  Cleveland
11  06  2021  Male  46  No  White  Cleveland
11  06  2021  Male  47  No  White  Euclid
11  06  2021  Female  38  Yes  White  Cleveland
11  07  2021  Female  43  No  White  Cleveland
11  07  2021  Female  62  No  White  Cleveland
11  07  2021  Male  60  No  Black  Cleveland
11  07  2021  Female  48  No  White  Cleveland
11  07  2021  Male  78  No  Black  Cleveland
11  07  2021  Female  27  No  White  Garfield Heights
11  07  2021  Female  43  No  White  Cleveland

Short-term and long-term intervention is available. Furthermore, Naloxone and fentanyl test strips, will  work with most fentanyl analogues. For a list of community walk-in clinics, please visit:

https://www.testyourdrugscc.com

https://www.metrohealth.org/office-of-opioid-safety/project-dawn

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.

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