Heroin epidemic: At least 52 fatal overdoses in Cuyahoga County in September
CLEVELAND, Ohio– The Cuyahoga County medical examiner said there were at least 52 fatal overdoses in the county in the month of September. The overdoses were due to heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, or a combination of the three.
The number ties the record for the highest number of opioid-related fatalities in a single month, which was previously set in August.
The medical examiner said, pending further testing, it’s possible that September overdoses could be more than 52, making it the deadliest month due to opioid overdoses Cuyahoga County has ever seen.
Twenty three of those who overdosed were Cleveland residents. The others were from Brook Park, Brooklyn, Cleveland Heights, East Cleveland, Euclid (3), Lakewood (4), Lyndhurst, Maple Heights, Mayfield Heights (2), Middleburg Heights, North Olmsted (3), North Royalton, Olmsted Falls, Parma, Parma Heights, South Euclid, Strongsville and 3 out-of-county residents: Chillicothe, Cincinnati, and Traphill (NC).
October is already turning out to be a deadly month. There have been at least 14 overdose deaths since Oct. 1.