1601, 2019

Cocaine overtakes heroin as No. 1 cause of fentanyl overdose deaths in Ohio

By |January 16th, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

Cocaine is now Ohio’s most dangerous drug. It killed more people than heroin because powder cocaine and crack cocaine in Ohio are now broadly contaminated with fentanyl and its chemical relatives, such as carfentanil and norfentanyl. An analysis of autopsy results shows that fentanyl has now spread throughout Ohio’s illegal drug supply, except for marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms. The breadth of fentanyl’s use in the illegal drug supply will push Ohio’s overdose death toll near a record 5,000 in 2017, up from 4,050 in 2016 and 3,050 in 2015. The exact death toll for 2017 won’t be known until later [...]

1312, 2018

Fentanyl now America’s deadliest drug, federal health officials say

By |December 13th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

Fentanyl is now the deadliest drug in America, federal health officials announced Wednesday, with more than 18,000 overdose deaths in 2016, the most recent year for which statistics are available. It's the first time the synthetic opioid has been the nation's deadliest drug. From 2012 to 2015, heroin topped the list. On average, in each year from 2013 to 2016, the rate of overdose deaths from Fentanyl increased by about 113 percent  a year.  The report said fentanyl was responsible for 29 percent of all overdose deaths in 2016, up from just 4 percent in 2011. Overall, more than 63,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2016, [...]

1012, 2018

‘I killed my best friend’: Opioids’ fatal grip on mayor, pal

By |December 10th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

MOUNT CARBON, Pa. (AP) — In a story Dec. 9 about the fatal overdose of a young mayor and his friend, The Associated Press erroneously reported the number of drug overdose deaths in 2017. It was about 70,200, not more than 72,000, which represented an earlier government estimate. A corrected version of the story is below: 'I killed my best friend': Opioids' fatal grip on mayor, pal A young Pennsylvania mayor's secret attraction to opioids cost him his life By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press MOUNT CARBON, Pa. (AP) — Janel Firestone found her son — the 24-year-old, just resigned mayor [...]

712, 2018

Medical Examiner Issues Warning Regarding Fake Oxycodone Pills: Fentanyl Disguised as Fake Oxycodone

By |December 7th, 2018|Categories: News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Gilson, today issued a public health warning today, indicating that the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office has detected fentanyl in pills that have been disguised to appear as Oxycodone (30mg tablets). This is an immediate threat to public health safety, causing a heightened concern for potentially fatal overdoses. Oxycodone is a powerful opioid used to treat severe pain. Common brand names for Oxycodone include: OxyContin, Roxicodone, and Percocet (Oxycodone and Acetaminophen). As a reminder, there is no regulation or quality control with illicit drugs. Therefore, anyone taking a street drug cannot know [...]

2410, 2018

Trump signs bipartisan opioid bill aimed at curbing national crisis

By |October 24th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

President Trump signed a sweeping bipartisan bill into law on Wednesday aimed at making medical treatment for opioid addiction more widely available while also cracking down on illicit drugs being sent through the mail. The bill, which was passed by Congress earlier this month, will expand access to substance abuse treatment in Medicaid. The Senate voted 98-1 on the measure following the House’s 393-8 approval. More than 70,000 Americans died of drug overdoses last year, marking a 10 percent increase from 2016. Of those deaths, 48,000 involved opioids. While Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar said on Tuesday [...]

1810, 2018

Opioid crisis creates new concerns for funeral homes

By |October 18th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

CLEVELAND - The opioid crisis in Northeast Ohio is changing how those who provide afterlife care do their jobs. Not only are they seeing more overdose deaths, but each one brings its own unique challenges that could leave funeral home staff and their guests at risk. From accidental exposure to powerful drugs to fights breaking out during a service, it's the new reality for those who consider themselves the last responders to this deadly problem. Funeral homes are now forced to change with the times. The National Funeral Directors Association is recommending that its members across the country train their [...]