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Medical Examiner to Testify Before Senate on Fentanyl Crisis


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

Dr. Thomas Gilson will address the U.S. Senate on May 25

CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Gilson today announced he will testify before the United States Senate about the evolving fentanyl crisis that continues to devastate communities across our nation, such as Cuyahoga County. The “Stopping the Shipment of Synthetic Opioids: Oversight of U.S. Strategy to Combat Illicit Drugs” hearing is scheduled for Thursday, May 25, 2017 in Washington D.C.

The U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations will hold the hearing to discuss the ongoing fentanyl epidemic and how these drugs are getting into the country. Dr. Gilson will provide information on the number of fatal overdoses related to opioids and the ability of this office to respond to the epidemic.

Since January 1st, there have been at least 203 fatalities due to fentanyl, which includes fentanyl-laced heroin and fentanyl-laced cocaine.

The hearing will begin at 9:30am in the Dirksen Senate Office Building (Washington D.C.), Room SD-342. To view the full panel of witnesses, please visit: https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/subcommittees/investigations/hearings/stopping-the-shipment-of-synthetic-opioids-oversight-of-us-strategy-to-combat-illicit-drugs