Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

At Least 822 Overdose Deaths in Cuyahoga County in 2017, Medical Examiner Reports

Posted By on Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 11:59 AM

click to enlarge heroin_ev.jpg
There were at least 822 overdose deaths in Cuyahoga County in 2017 — from heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, carfentanil and other opioids — according to a report from the county's medical examiner.

The surge — 156 more than the previous year — is not surprising. Opioids are a continuing and growing public health emergency, and the numbers bear that out.



click to enlarge screen_shot_2018-01-09_at_11.30.35_am.png

The stats, sadly, are preliminary and don't include finalized causes of death on 50 pending cases from December on which the department is still awaiting results.

If there is a bright side, it's that it could have been even worse. If not for the efforts of Project DAWN, the overdose education and naloxone distribution program created by Dr. Joan Papp of MetroHealth that's grown from pilot program to statewide resource, the report estimated the death toll would have eclipsed 1300.

click to enlarge screen_shot_2018-01-09_at_11.34.04_am.png

More details — such as an increase in African American overdose deaths involving fentanyl, which tracks with an alarming national trend — and stunning stats — there were 867 more fentanyl-related deaths in the past two years than the previous 10 — can be found in the report.

Tags: , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club


Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.


Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.


Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

December 1, 2021

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

© 2021 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation