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209, 2019

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

By |September 2nd, 2019|Categories: News|Comments Off on ‘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 the tiny town of Wheelersburg, along the banks of the Ohio River. That was more than any other medical practitioner in the state and more than some pharmacies. The drug distributor that supplied her kept shipping pills, despite her ever-increasing orders. Eight of her patients [...]

2108, 2019

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

By |August 21st, 2019|Categories: News|Comments Off on 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 and five women between the ages of 31 and 69. Tests are still being performed to determine official causes of death, Gilson said. “We are seeing another cluster of apparent overdose deaths,” Gilson said in the news release. “Our recent experience indicates that this is [...]

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 [...]