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Opioid overdose deaths in Cuyahoga County spike to near record monthly high in May

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cuyahoga County had 52 opioid overdose deaths in May, second only to the 60 overdoses reported in February of 2017, County Medical Examiner Tom Gilson said Tuesday. With cocaine overdoses included, the toll for May rises to 68, the deadliest month ever, said Gilson, who was providing an update to the County [...]

By |2020-06-30T20:36:00-07:00June 30th, 2020|News|0 Comments

MHARS Board offers medication disposal pouches free by mail

MHARS Board offers medication disposal pouches free by mail REQUEST YOURS by filling out this simple online form The Mental Health, Addiction and Recovery Services (MHARS) Board of Lorain County is offering free Safe Medication Disposal Pouches by mail to residents of Lorain County, until June 5, 2020, or as supplies last. “Since most of [...]

By |2020-05-04T09:05:56-07:00May 4th, 2020|News|0 Comments

The Opioid Crisis Has Affected More Than 2 Million Children

At least 2.2 million children had been affected by the U.S. opioid crisis by 2017, with that total poised to grow and the consequences likely to be felt for years to come, a new analysis shows. Parents' opioid use is the primary reason children are affected by the crisis – whether they're living with an [...]

By |2019-11-21T20:22:26-07:00November 21st, 2019|News|0 Comments

Counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl already are in Northeast Ohio

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration recently put out a warning about prescription pills made in Mexico which contain fentanyl. A recent bust occurred in Cleveland where the pills turned up. Though local drug task force officials say they haven’t seen them yet in large quantities, they expect they will soon. The little blue pills look [...]

By |2019-11-21T20:10:22-07:00November 21st, 2019|News|0 Comments

‘We still have an epidemic; there are just different drugs involved’: Opioid deaths rose as prescriptions fell

Michelle and Travis Bornstein stand on the land where they plan to build an opioid relapse treatment and prevention center in Lakemore. The facility, to be called Tyler's Redemption Place, is expected to open next September. [Lisa DeJong/The Plain Dealer] By John Caniglia, The Plain Dealer CLEVELAND, Ohio — In the days leading up to [...]

By |2019-11-18T14:56:38-07:00November 18th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Red Ribbon Week

Each October, communities and schools nationwide participate in Red Ribbon Week, encouraging participation in youth drug prevention activities. Watch this special video from Google Earth to learn more about the week’s inspiration, the sacrifice of fallen DEA Special Agent “Kiki” Camarena.

By |2019-10-23T08:59:04-07:00October 23rd, 2019|News|0 Comments

New Cleveland billboards give caution that fentanyl mixed with cocaine can be deadly

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - More than a dozen new billboards in Cleveland are catching the attention of drivers. They feature snacks like pretzels or nuts, but their message on drugs is serious. “If these contain fentanyl, would you eat it? They don’t. Your cocaine might.” The billboards warn cocaine users that fentanyl could be in [...]

By |2019-10-17T10:00:35-07:00October 17th, 2019|News|0 Comments

New billboards in Cleveland area warn cocaine users about fentanyl-laced drugs

CLEVELAND — A new ad campaign targeted at drug users hopes to stop the rising number of deadly opioid overdoses from people who have ingested fentanyl-laced cocaine. Cuyahoga County is ground zero for a string of deaths involving cocaine and fentanyl. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, nearly 60% of overdoses deaths can be contributed [...]

By |2019-10-17T09:55:43-07:00October 17th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Johnson & Johnson reaches $20 million deal with Cuyahoga, Summit counties to settle opioid lawsuits weeks before trial

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Johnson & Johnson has reached a deal worth more than $20 million to settle its portions of Cuyahoga and Summit counties’ opioid lawsuits ahead of a trial set to begin later this month in a federal courtroom in Cleveland. The large New Jersey-based health-care company announced Tuesday that it will pay a [...]

By |2019-10-02T12:47:27-07:00October 2nd, 2019|News|0 Comments

Franklin County coroner issues alert after 10 fatal overdoses in 26 hours

COLUMBUS — An Ohio county coroner has issued an alert after 10 overdose deaths were reported within 26 hours. The Franklin County Coroner's Office posted on Facebook on Sunday, calling the number of overdoses "unusually high" for that period. Dr. Anahi Ortiz, the county coroner, says residents with family or friends at risk for overdoses [...]

By |2019-10-02T12:32:39-07:00October 2nd, 2019|News|0 Comments