Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Monday, November 8, 2021

Medical Examiner Issues Alert After 12 Cuyahoga County Overdose Deaths in 2 Days

Posted By on Mon, Nov 8, 2021 at 1:42 PM

click to enlarge ADOBE STOCK PHOTO
  • Adobe Stock Photo
Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Thomas Gilson has issued a public health alert after 12 people died from drug overdoses in Cuyahoga County over the past two days. Ten of the 12 deaths were in Cleveland.

"This recent trend of clustered overdoses is alarming," Gilson said in a prepared statement. "There were an additional four on Thursday of last week. It remains to be seen what the cause is, but the public should be aware that there is a serious threat to their lives if they are using street drugs right now in Cuyahoga County."



The recent overdose victims ranged in age from 27 to 78. Three were black, two were Hispanic, and seven were non-Hispanic white. Both of the non-Cleveland deaths occurred in east side inner-ring suburbs, one in Euclid and one in Garfield Heights.

Testing is underway at the Medical Examiner's office to determine the precise causes of death, but heroin, fentanyl and fentanyl analogues (designer drugs created to mimic the effects of fentanyl) have been responsible for the lion's share of overdose deaths in 2021 so far.

The recent surge keeps Cuyahoga County on pace to exceed 700 overdose deaths this year. This would be only the second time that the county has suffered a number that high. In 2017, the height of the Opioid epidemic, 727 people died from drug overdoses.
click to enlarge 2021 Overdose Death Projections as of 10/5/21. - CUYAHOGA COUNTY MEDICAL EXAMINER
  • Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner
  • 2021 Overdose Death Projections as of 10/5/21.

***
Sign up for Scene's weekly newsletters to get the latest on Cleveland news, things to do and places to eat delivered right to your inbox.

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