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Medical Examiner: 6 Fatal Overdoses in 24 hours

8/21/2019  


Press Release

August 21, 2019

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


10 Overdose Deaths Since August 18th

CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Gilson, today issued a public health alert stating that Cuyahoga County has suffered 6 suspected overdose deaths in 24 hours. Furthermore, at least 10 overdose deaths have occurred since August 8th.

 

Death Date Month

Death Date Day

Death Date Year

Gender

Age

Hispanic

Race

Residence City

08

18

2019

Female

56

No

Black

Cleveland

08

18

2019

Male

61

No

Black

Cleveland Heights

08

19

2019

Female

69

No

Black

Cleveland

08

19

2019

Female

60

No

Black

Maple Heights

08

20

2019

Female

64

No

White

Lakewood

08

20

2019

Male

47

No

White

Macedonia

08

20

2019

Male

46

No

White

Cleveland

08

20

2019

Male

31

No

Black

Cleveland

08

20

2019

Male

65

No

Black

Cleveland

08

20

2019

Female

56

No

White

Newburgh Heights



“We are seeing another cluster of apparent overdose deaths. Our recent experience indicates that this is likely related to fentanyl, possibly also carfentanil. These dangerous drugs may be mixed with other drugs like cocaine or heroin with significant increases in risk of death,
said Dr. Thomas Gilson. “Naloxone kits, fentanyl test strips, and not using drugs alone are some strategies that have been shown to save lives.”

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.