Suspected heroin, fentanyl overdoses in Cuyahoga County killed 13 over Memorial Day weekend

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office said on Tuesday that 13 people died as a result of heroin or fentanyl overdoses during the three-day Memorial day weekend. Of the 13 dead, nine were men and four were women ranging from age 21 to 60. Ten were black and three were white, the medical [...]

By | 2017-05-30T19:40:17+00:00 May 30th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Heroin and fentanyl killed more people in Cuyahoga County in 2016 than homicides, suicides and car crashes

Drug overdose deaths reached record levels last year in Cuyahoga County CLEVELAND, Ohio –The prevalence of fentanyl and an increased number of cases involving cocaine resulted in the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office confirming Wednesday a distressing bottom line expected for months: Opioids killed more people in 2016 than any year in the county's history. [...]

By | 2017-05-25T10:19:49+00:00 May 25th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Mom writes honest obit about son who overdosed: Unfortunately, he will be remembered as a statistic

AKRON, Ohio - "All Adam wanted was a normal life, free from the chains of addiction." Unfortunately, the 25-year-old from Akron died way too soon. As the nation deals with an opioid epidemic, Adam Bear's family is sharing his story to inform people about the resources available to those who are addicted to drugs. In [...]

By | 2017-05-08T08:53:25+00:00 May 8th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Drug court symposium draws crowd to discuss crack addiction in opiate-focused times

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio -- Greater Cleveland Drug Court coordinator Dr. Daryl D. Jackson told a crowd of some 200 people Wednesday about the difference in how American society compares crack-cocaine addiction to heroin and opioid addiction. "When you see individuals who are addicted to crack cocaine, they are often viewed as nasty, gutter, low-level individuals" [...]

By | 2017-05-04T06:49:28+00:00 May 4th, 2017|News|0 Comments

National opioid epidemic may be worse than estimated

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The opioid epidemic that claimed 33,000 lives nationwide in 2015 may actually be worse than thought, says a report by That determination is based on findings by researchers lead by Dr. Victoria Hall, a field officer with the Centers for Disease Control in Minnesota. Earlier this month, officials in Cuyahoga County, [...]

By | 2017-04-25T14:22:41+00:00 April 25th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office seeks $200k budget increase due to overdose epidemic

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office is asking county council for additional funds to support a rising caseload driven by a spike in heroin and fentanyl deaths. Cuyahoga County Council members will vote Tuesday on whether to approve a $200,000 transfer from the general fund to the medical examiner's office, which has [...]

By | 2017-04-23T12:29:42+00:00 April 23rd, 2017|News|0 Comments

Northeast Ohio clergy devoting sermons to heroin epidemic

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- More than 550 religious leaders of many faiths will bring the problem of heroin to their Northeast Ohio congregations on Saturday and Sunday. They have all agreed to devote their sermons to raising awareness about the heroin epidemic gripping the area, with the goals of destigmatizing addiction, pointing congregation members to resources for [...]

By | 2017-04-20T19:24:34+00:00 April 20th, 2017|News|0 Comments

You Draw It: Just How Bad Is the Drug Overdose Epidemic?

By JOSH KATZ APRIL 14, 2017 How does the surge in drug overdoses compare with other causes of death in the U.S.? Draw your guesses on the charts below. Since 1990, the number of Americans who have died every year from car accidents... Click here to do the interactive chart and see how well you [...]

By | 2017-04-17T15:22:20+00:00 April 17th, 2017|News|0 Comments

YMCA to add 80 beds for opiate addicts to its Y-Haven recovery housing program with Cleveland Foundation grant

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- In the past year, Dutch Pope, a 39-year-old recovering heroin addict, has watched opiate addiction claim the lives of three people he loved. Two of his friends and fellow residents at Y-Haven, a recovery housing program for homeless men with addiction at the Carl B. Stokes human services building on Woodland Avenue, [...]

By | 2017-04-17T13:40:59+00:00 April 17th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Lake County high school students organize event to discuss heroin epidemic

PAINESVILLE, Ohio - Harvey High School in Painesville and Perry High School teamed up to hold a candlelight vigil Saturday night to remember those whose lives were lost to heroin.  Students handed out purple awareness ribbons and wristbands. Recovery services were on hand to answer questions about addiction and how to get loved ones into [...]

By | 2017-04-10T11:52:57+00:00 April 10th, 2017|News, Upcoming Event|0 Comments