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2305, 2018

Meeting Minutes from May 22 Event

By | May 23rd, 2018|Categories: Discussion|0 Comments

Greater Than Heroin Attendee Recap May 22, 2018 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM General Points of Discussion: Drug Take Back Day Recap Was a successful event Up 13% from DTBD in October 40,000 +lbs. collected Guest Speakers/Discussion Justin Herdman The numbers are still too high We need to work together to keep moving forward Cautionary good news regarding death statistics: First decrease in deaths we’ve seen in 10 years Ohio had 2nd highest fatal overdoses in U.S. a few years back We are seeing double digit decreases, but still need to be cautious about it. This doesn’t mean we’ve won [...]

2205, 2018

Cleveland police’s specialized opioid unit now a national model

By | May 22nd, 2018|Categories: News|1 Comment

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Scott Moran spent the last three years rushing out of the door as part of Cleveland police department's specialized unit that responds to each opioid overdose in the city. The veteran narcotics detective, who is part of a seven-man team called the Heroin Involved Death Investigation unit, uses a non-traditional approach to conducting opioid-specific investigations that require investigators to be equal parts homicide detectives, narcotics cops and social workers. Moran said his unit had a lot of trial-and-error the first few years, but have since become a national model replicated by city police departments across the country. [...]

2105, 2018

Have opioid deaths in Northeast Ohio finally crested? Evidence suggests yes

By | May 21st, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The number of deaths attributed to heroin and other opioids dropped in recent months in what medical and law enforcement officials say is the first sign of optimism that the fight against the deadly opioid epidemic might be working. The decline comes after eight years where deaths climbed dramatically, caused by the wide availability of pain pills, heroin abuse and the emergence of synthetic opioids like fentanyl. The drop in deaths began near the end of 2017, according to medical examiner records from the three of the hardest hit counties in Northeast Ohio. Cuyahoga County had 98 [...]

405, 2018

Authorities: 3 arrests helped save 1,500 lives after fentanyl pills were stamped to look like Oxycodone

By | May 4th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio — Three people from Summit County face charges after being caught with 1,500 fentanyl pills stamped to look like Oxycodone. Gerald Bowerman, 36, of Cuyahoga Falls; Emmett Nelson, 34, of Akron; and Cortney Williams, of Cuyahoga Falls, each face one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl and one count of possession with intent to distribute Fentanyl. “This case is another stark reminder that drugs bought on the street don’t come with a verified list of ingredients and people have no idea what they are putting into their body,” U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman [...]