The Unites States of America is facing the worst health care crisis of our nation’s history. Over the past two-year period, more Americans died of opiate addiction than died in the entire Vietnam War. Drug overdoses now cause more deaths than gun violence and car crashes. In fact, accidental opioid overdoses are responsible for more deaths in 2015 than HIV/AIDS did at the height of the epidemic in 1995. However, the AIDS epidemic can be the blueprint for the United States approach to the opioid epidemic. Once America became mobilized against AIDS, Congress orchestrated intensive efforts devoted to training and supporting [...]
CLEVELAND - There have been more than 40 drug overdose-related deaths since Memorial Day in Cuyahoga County, according to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office. The 43 total deaths were recorded between May 26 and June 7—a 13-day stretch. The deceased ranged in age between 21 and 67, according to the Medical Examiner's Office data. Of the 43, 29 of the victims were male and 14 were female. More than half (20) of the victims lived in Cleveland. Other cities included Lakewood, Westlake, Parma and Elyria, among others. All of the cases remain under investigation. There have been 315 reported [...]
A series of panel discussions that bring residents, community partners and local experts together to engage in open conversation about the opioid epidemic. These events empower community members by connecting them to the resources and information they need to combat the opioid crisis. REGISTER: Registration is REQUIRED. To register online go to www.ccf.org/gcrevents and enter the key words “Triple Threat” into the search function. For information, call Janice at 216.363.2019. Please share it with family, friends, co-workers and neighbors, we are all in it together!
Federal prosecutors in Cleveland want to create ‘strike force’ to combat opioid abuse, violent crime
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Federal investigators and prosecutors in northern Ohio are seeking to create a new "strike force," a designation that would put more money toward combating the heroin scourge and violent crime in northern Ohio through aggressive law enforcement. The strike force would pool resources from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. If approved, the efforts would piggyback on the work already being done by agents who work with the U.S. Attorney's Office. Acting U.S. Attorney David Sierleja said the strike force would encompass the Northern Ohio Law Enforcement Task Force, which brings together agents from the FBI, [...]
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 examiner office says. Those who overdose were residents of Cleveland, Parma, Lakewood and as far as Cincinnati. The deaths are still under investigation and testing. About this time last year, 11 people overdosed on opioid-related drugs. Heroin and fentanyl killed at least 41 people in April. That's [...]
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. The heroin and fentanyl epidemic that has claimed thousands of lives in Cuyahoga County reached a record level with 666 drug overdose deaths being reported in 2016. Officials said throughout the year that the county was on pace to exceed previous years' totals; a Wednesday [...]