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Medical Examiner: 8 Overdose Deaths Over Memorial Day Weekend

5/28/2019

18 Overdose Deaths Since May 20th

 

CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Gilson, today issued a public health alert – the second alert in less than a week, stating that Cuyahoga County has suffered 8 suspected overdose deaths over the Memorial Day Weekend. At least 18 overdose deaths have occurred since May 20th. Fentanyl is likely to blame for the recent rash of overdose deaths. 

 

Death
Date
Month

Death Date Day

Death Date

Gender

Age

Hispanic

Race

Residence City

05

20

2019

Male

59

No

Black

Cleveland

05

21

2019

Male

44

No

White

Cleveland

05

21

2019

Male

52

No

White

Plymouth

05

22

2019

Female

27

No

White

Cleveland

05

22

2019

Female

62

No

Black

Cleveland

05

22

2019

Male

27

No

White

Cleveland

05

22

2019

Male

56

No

Black

Cleveland

05

23

2019

Female

62

No

Black

Cleveland

05

23

2019

Female

50

No

Black

Cleveland

05

23

2019

Female

33

No

White

Rocky River

05

24

2019

Male

63

No

White

Cleveland

05

24

2019

Female

58

No

Black

East Cleveland

05

24

2019

Male

54

No

White

Cleveland

05

25

2019

Male

36

No

White

Garfield Heights

05

25

2019

Male

65

No

Black

Cleveland

05

25

2019

Male

53

No

Black

Cleveland

05

26

2019

Male

45

No

White

Cleveland

05

27

2019

Male

41

No

Black

Cleveland



“I’m deeply concerned about the number of overdose fatalities we’ve seen within the past week. Additionally, we are seeing a high percentage of African American victims — 50 percent.”
said Dr. Thomas Gilson. “While we are still gathering information, early indications are that many of the fatalities are a result of fentanyl/crack cocaine. We are coordinating efforts with other major metropolitan areas within Ohio to see if they are experiencing the same.”

Cuyahoga County, The United States Attorney’s Office, Cleveland Police Department, and other community partners are working together to curb this unfolding public health emergency. More information will be provided later this week.

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.