Medical Examiner Issues Public Health Warning: Increase in Carfentanil Seized in January 

February 7, 2019 CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Gilson, today issued a public health warning , stating the Cuyahoga County Regional Forensic Science Laboratory has seen a significant increase of seized carfentanil (powder and tablets) tested over the last month. Carfentnail, a synthetic opioid and large animal sedative, is extremely potent and unsafe for [...]

By |2019-02-08T13:25:48-07:00February 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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

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 [...]

By |2018-12-07T13:13:05-07:00December 7th, 2018|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Lorain County mayors come together to tackle the opioid crisis

Mayors, emergency service personnel and members of the faith community came together in remembrance of those lost to Northeast Ohio’s opioid crisis on Nov. 8. at Westlake’s Church on the Rise at 3550 Crocker Road. In a combined service with Elyria’s Beyond the Walls Church, Church on the Rise led a special service which included [...]

By |2017-11-10T17:19:25-07:00November 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments


There is a crisis gripping our region and our state.  It impacts all of us.  Everyone knows someone who has been devastated by the Heroin Crisis.  Do a Google search for heroin and here is what you see: Ohio is one of the most affected states by the heroin crisis. Hundreds are dying each month [...]

By |2017-04-11T12:51:41-07:00April 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cuyahoga Co. heroin, fentanyl deaths soar in 2016: a statistical snapshot

Original article from By Evan MacDonald, on December 30, 2016 at 6:30 AM CLEVELAND, Ohio - Heroin and fentanyl continued to claim the lives of Cuyahoga County residents at a breathtaking pace in 2016. The medical examiner's office has attributed more than 500 deaths this year to drug overdoses, with opioids claiming the [...]

By |2017-03-29T11:32:42-07:00December 30th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Report: Ohio ground-zero for opioid overdose deaths

Original article found at CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Ohio saw more opioid overdose deaths than anywhere else in the nation in 2014, and the numbers continue to rise, according to a recent report. The Buckeye State topped the list of opioid overdose deaths among all 50 states, racking up 2,106 deaths in 2014, the report from The Henry [...]

By |2017-03-29T11:32:43-07:00December 29th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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