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Posted On: 5/19/2017

At Least 41 Fatal Heroin/Fentanyl Overdoses in April




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


At Least 237 Fatal Overdoses including Cocaine in 2017

CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Gilson today announced Cuyahoga County suffered at least 41 confirmed fatal overdoses in April due to heroin, fentanyl, or a combination of the two. Furthermore, 9 April cases are still pending further toxicology testing, which may cause the total to increase. April residential demographics are as follow:

25 – City of Cleveland Residents
1 – Unknown
15 – Suburban Residents

Bedford, Brooklyn, Euclid, Garfield Heights, Lakewood (2), Newburgh Heights, Parma, Richmond Heights, Shaker Heights, Strongsville (2) and 3 out of county residents – Kent, Mentor, and Willard.

Additionally, April also suffered 29 cocaine-related deaths, with 11 being mixed with heroin, fentanyl, or a combination of the two. In 2017, at least 187 victims have died from heroin, fentanyl, or a combination of the two (237 victims including cocaine-related deaths).

For additional information and to view the complete report, please visit: http://medicalexaminer.cuyahogacounty.us/pdf_medicalexaminer/en-US/HeroinFentanylReports/051517-HeroinFentanylReport.pdf