2905, 2019

Medical Examiner: 8 Overdose Deaths Over Memorial Day Weekend

By |May 29th, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

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. Fentanyl is likely to blame for the recent rash of overdose deaths. “I’m deeply concerned about the number of overdose fatalities we’ve seen within the past week. Additionally, we are seeing a high percentage of African American victims — 50 percent.” said Dr. Thomas Gilson. [...]

804, 2019

Addiction & Family Empowerment Conference, May 4

By |April 8th, 2019|Categories: Upcoming Event|0 Comments

Join service providers from across Northeast Ohio in the support of strengthening families on their journey with opioids and other addictions on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. The conference includes: A 12-member panel identifying the obstacles a family is likely to face, Sixteen breakout sessions, Two ground breaking school programs, Mayor's round table reviewing best practices in our local cities, Fifty exhibitors in exhibit hall to help the family with key issues Holiday Inn Conference Center 6001 Old Rockside Road Holiday Inn Cleveland/Independence Independence, OH 44131 Online Registration  

804, 2019

Q&A with Community and Public Affairs Specialist with the U.S. Attorney’s Office

By |April 8th, 2019|Categories: Discussion|Comments Off on Q&A with Community and Public Affairs Specialist with the U.S. Attorney’s Office

Northeast Ohio’s New Fentanyl Epidemic Hits Black Communities the Hardest: While the opioid epidemic seems to have reached a plateau, that may just be masking a new problem. Three years ago, opioid deaths skyrocketed when dealers started cutting heroin with the often-lethal drug fentanyl. City, county, state and federal officials worked together that would develop solutions to stem the use of fentanyl. Just as they were beginning to see progress, the drug found a new form – being laced with cocaine instead. The results are equally deadly and have disproportionately affected black communities. Below, Mike Tobin, Community and Public Affairs [...]

304, 2019

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

By |April 3rd, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

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 release from Wellington police. “We’ve been plagued by the opioid epidemic in Lorain County and have long as a community been embattled by the disease of addiction,” said Dave Covell, Lorain County Health Commissioner. “Opening this clinic in Wellington is a critical step in our [...]

2703, 2019

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

By |March 27th, 2019|Categories: News|Comments Off on 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 percentage in more than a decade. Here’s a look at some of the key takeaways from’s reporting. The numbers In the five-year period from 2011 to 2015, cocaine was a factor in 30 to 35 percent of Cuyahoga County’s drug overdose deaths. But its [...]