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Medical Examiner: 19 Overdose Deaths in the Past Week

10/13/2020


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


Includes 11 Deaths Over the Holiday Weekend

CLEVELAND
– Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Gilson, today issued a public health alert, stating that Cuyahoga County has suffered at least 19 suspected overdose deaths in the past week. Additionally, 11 of these deaths occurred over the holiday weekend. Toxicology testing has not yet confirmed which drug(s) have caused this recent increase. At our current overdose mortality rate, we estimate we will suffer at least 600 drug-related deaths this year.

“It is regrettable to see a spike in drug overdose deaths with everything else that is going on,” said Dr. Gilson. “Naloxone kits and fentanyl test strips can help prevent overdoses, though our hope is for our addicted neighbors to find their way into recovery.”

Case City Death Date Month Death Date Day Death Date Year Race Hispanic Gender Age
IN2020-01801 Cleveland  10 06 2020 White  No Female  32 years
IN2020-01802 Northfield 10  06 2020 White  No Female  52 years
IN2020-01806 Lakewood 10  06 2020 White  No  Male  26 years
IN2020-01807 Cleveland  10  06 2020 Black No Male  41 years
IN2020-01811 Cleveland  10  07 2020 White  No Male  70 years
IN2020-01812 Unknown 10  06 2020 White  No Male  59 years
IN2020-01820 Cleveland  10  08 2020 White  No Male  45 years
IN2020-01823 Parkersburg 10  08 2020 White  No Male  56 years
IN2020-01826 Cleveland  10  09 2020 White  No Male  56 years
IN2020-01828 Cleveland  10  09 2020 Black  No Male  30 years
IN2020-01831 Maple Heights 10  09 2020 Black  No  Female  49 years
IN2020-01836 Garfield Heights 10  10 2020 White  No  Female  42 years
IN2020-01838 Unknown 10  10 2020 Black  No  Female  29 years
IN2020-01843 Cleveland  10  10 2020 Black  No  Male  58 years
IN2020-01844 Cleveland  10  10 2020 White  No  Male  37 years
IN2020-01849 Cleveland  Heights 10  11 2020 Black  No  Male  34 years
IN2020-01851 Cleveland  10  11 2020 Black No  Female  50 years
IN2020-01854 Cleveland  10  11 2020 White  No  Female 58 years
IN2020-01858 Cleveland 10 12 2020 White Yes Male 46 years



FREE fentanyl test strips are available at the following locations:

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.