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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

‘Unfathomable’: How 1.6 million pills from a small-town doctor helped fuel the opioid crisis in Ohio

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Margaret Temponeras started her medical career in a small town as a family doctor. She ended it a felon, a rogue physician who authorities say fanned Ohio’s opioid epidemic with a prescription pad. From 2006 through 2012, Temponeras ordered more than 1.6 million pills of hydrocodone and oxycodone from her offices in [...]

By |2019-09-02T21:33:28-07:00September 2nd, 2019|News|Comments Off on ‘Unfathomable’: How 1.6 million pills from a small-town doctor helped fuel the opioid crisis in Ohio

Six die in suspected fentanyl overdoses in 24 hours in Cuyahoga County

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Six people died of suspected fentanyl overdoes over a 24-hour period Tuesday in Cuyahoga County, the medical examiner said. The six are among at least 10 suspected fentanyl overdose deaths over the last three days, Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Gilson said in a news release. The deaths include five men [...]

By |2019-08-21T20:20:28-07:00August 21st, 2019|News|Comments Off on Six die in suspected fentanyl overdoses in 24 hours in Cuyahoga County

Medical Examiner: 8 Overdose Deaths Over Memorial Day Weekend

18 Overdose Deaths Since May 20th CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Gilson, today issued a public health alert – the second alert in less than a week, stating that Cuyahoga County has suffered 8 suspected overdose deaths over the Memorial Day Weekend. At least 18 overdose deaths have occurred since May 20th. [...]

By |2019-05-29T14:34:46-07:00May 29th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Lorain County opening new harm reduction clinic to help battle the opioid epidemic

Apr 03, 2019 LORAIN COUNTY, Ohio — Lorain County is facing the drug epidemic head on. People suffering from addiction in the county can get help at a new harm reduction clinic in Wellington, Ohio. Harm reduction strategies have been successful in battling the opioid epidemic throughout 19 counties in Ohio, according to a news [...]

By |2019-04-03T19:56:33-07:00April 3rd, 2019|News|0 Comments

Deaths from cocaine and fentanyl mixtures a growing concern in Northeast Ohio

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cocaine is becoming more prevalent in Cuyahoga County’s drug overdose deaths, and officials say that’s largely because drug dealers are mixing it with the powerful opioid fentanyl. Data from the Cuyahoga County medical examiner’s office shows cocaine was a factor in approximately 45 percent of drug overdose deaths last year, the highest [...]

By |2019-03-27T20:49:50-07:00March 27th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Deaths from cocaine and fentanyl mixtures a growing concern in Northeast Ohio

Even in best-case scenario, opioid overdose deaths will keep rising until 2022

February 11, 2019 In the nation’s opioid epidemic, the carnage is far from over. A new projection of opioid overdose death rates suggests that even if there is steady progress in reducing prescription narcotics abuse nationwide, the number of fatal overdoses — which reached 47,600 in 2017 — will rise sharply in the coming years. [...]

By |2019-02-11T13:11:58-07:00February 11th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Study Links Drug Maker Gifts for Doctors to More Overdose Deaths

WASHINGTON — A new study offers some of the strongest evidence yet of the connection between the marketing of opioids to doctors and the nation’s addiction epidemic. It found that counties where opioid manufacturers offered a large number of gifts and payments to doctors had more overdose deaths involving the drugs than counties where direct-to-physician [...]

By |2019-01-31T17:06:50-07:00January 31st, 2019|News|0 Comments

US customs announces largest fentanyl seizure in its history

(CNN) -- US Customs and Border Protection made the largest seizure of fentanyl in the agency's history on Saturday at the Nogales port of entry on the US-Mexico border, Port Director Michael Humphries announced Thursday. Officers uncovered 100 packages of fentanyl weighing nearly 254 pounds and with an estimated value of $3.5 million, Humphries said. [...]

By |2019-01-31T16:59:58-07:00January 31st, 2019|News|0 Comments