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At Least 42 Fatal Overdoses in November


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

At least 18 victims have died since December 1

CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Gilson today announced Cuyahoga County suffered at least 42 confirmed fatal overdoses in the month of November due to heroin, fentanyl, or a combination of the two. However, more than two dozen cases from November are pending further toxicology testing, which may cause the total to increase. Since December 1st, there have been at least 18 fatalities.

November residential demographics are as follow:

20 – City of Cleveland Residents

22 – Suburban Residents
Brooklyn (3), East Cleveland, Euclid (2), Lakewood, Maple Heights, Mayfield, Newburgh Heights, North Royalton, Parma (3), Richmond Heights, Rocky River, Seven Hills, Solon and 4 out of county residents – Avon, Madison, Ravenna, and Wellington.

November’s current results do not indicate any fatalities due to carfentanil, a large animal sedative, 100 times more deadly than fentanyl and 2500 times more deadly than heroin. There have been 15 confirmed fatal overdoses to date due to carfentanil.

“In early 2017, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office will issue a final summary for the year,” said Dr. Gilson. “It has been consistently clear that 2016 has been an unprecedented year for drug-related deaths in our county.”

At least 500 victims have died in 2016, more than double from the 228 in 2015. For additional information and to view the complete report, please visit: http://medicalexaminer.cuyahogacounty.us/pdf_medicalexaminer/en-US/121216-Heroin-Fentanyl-Relateddeaths-CC.pdf