3006, 2020

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

By |June 30th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

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 Council’s Public Safety and Justice Affairs Committee. Gilson gave two likely two reasons for the spike. While drug supplies from China and Mexico had probably been curtailed in the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, they began to return in May. At the same time, [...]

405, 2020

MHARS Board offers medication disposal pouches free by mail

By |May 4th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

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 us are home due to precautions for COVID-19, we can use this time to assess the safety of our own medicine cabinets,” says Jinx Mastney, Opioid Response Outreach Coordinator for the MHARS Board. “Old and unused prescriptions and medications can be dangerous if left around [...]

2111, 2019

The Opioid Crisis Has Affected More Than 2 Million Children

By |November 21st, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

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 addicted parent or have been removed from their home, or their parent is incarcerated or has died of an overdose – according to the report from the United Hospital Fund, a health policy nonprofit based in New York. Still, an estimated 170,000 kids had opioid [...]

2111, 2019

Counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl already are in Northeast Ohio

By |November 21st, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

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 like the real prescription drug and that’s what makes them so potentially deadly. The blue pills, which are being illegally sold as the painkiller oxycodone, might actually contain traces of fentanyl — a dangerous synthetic opioid. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration recently issued a warning [...]

1811, 2019

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

By |November 18th, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

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 the nation’s first major opioid trial last month in U.S. District Court in Cleveland, lawyers for the pharmaceutical industry fought to keep Travis Bornstein off the witness stand. They didn’t want a jury to hear the story of how Bornstein’s son Tyler, a former college [...]