Medical Examiner: 9 Overdose Deaths in 48 Hours
CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Gilson, today issued a public health alert, stating that Cuyahoga County has suffered 9 suspected overdose deaths in 48 hours. Toxicology testing has not yet confirmed which drug(s) have caused this recent increase. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office is continuing to monitor fatality trends during the COVID-19 shutdown.
“The Medical Examiner’s Office has seen 9 fatalities in last 48 hours which is measurably higher than what we have been seeing for the first four months of 2020. The interruption of drug use due to COVID-19 may mean users tolerance has dropped and therefore they are at higher risk of overdose and fatality,” said Dr. Gilson.“Additionally, any disruption of the illicit drug supply due to COVID-19 may mean that users are subject to a wide variety of other dangerous substances being substituted without their knowledge.”
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