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14 Fatal Overdoses in 5 Days

8/7/2018


Contact:
Christopher Harris: (216) 443-7157 or cbharris@cuyahogacounty.us


4 deaths in the last 24 hours

CLEVELAND – From Thursday August 2nd through Monday August 6th Cuyahoga County has suffered at least 14 fatal drug overdoses. No further details are currently available, and cases are still under investigation and testing.

“This is a concerning trend. The county is working with our local and federal partners to analyze it and identify its source,” said Dr. Thomas Gilson, Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner. “We are issuing this alert to make the public aware and advise caution, as well as encourage addicted individuals to seek help.”

  • 50% of the victims are 60 years of age or older. This is a change from the largest population of overdose victims, which tend to be between the ages of 45-55 years of age. 
  • The death location is split 50/50 between victims that died on the east side / west side, which indicates this is not affecting a centralized location. 
  • 2018 drug overdose deaths (all drugs) are projected to match the 2017 drug overdose death total (727). 

Death Date Month  Death Date Day Death Date Year Gender Age Race Death Location (City)
08 02 2018 Male 60 years White Lakewood
08 02 2018 Male 61 years White Euclid
08 03 2018 Male 27 years White (Hispanic) Cleveland
08 02 2018 Female 49 years White Cleveland
08 03 2018 Male 38 years White Cleveland
08 04 2018 Female 27 years White Euclid
08 04 2018 Male 64 years Black Euclid
08 04 2018 Male 66 years Black Cleveland
08 05 2018 Male 64 years White Cleveland
08 05 2018 Female 30 years White Garfield Heights
08 06 2018 Male 65 years Black Cleveland
08 06 2018 Male  72 years Black Cleveland
08 06 2018 Female 55 years White Cleveland
08 06 2018 Male 52 years White Cleveland



If you or anyone that you know is actively using or recovering from an 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.