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Cuyahoga County: 42 fatal heroin/fentanyl overdoses confirmed in November

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CLEVELAND – Dr. Thomas Gibson, Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner, said on Tuesday that there were at least 42 confirmed fatal overdoses in the month of November due to heroin, fentanyl or a combination of both of the drugs.

There are more than two dozen other cases that are still waiting on toxicology results, which could push the number of heroin/fentanyl deaths higher.

These overdoses do not include any deaths from carfentanil, an animal sedative that is more deadly than either heroin or fentanyl.

Of the 42 confirmed deaths, 20 were from the city of Cleveland. The rest were spread out in the suburbs as well as 4 that came from out of the county.

“In early 2017, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office will issue a final summary for the year,” said Dr. Gilson. “It has been consistently clear that 2016 has been an unprecedented year for drug-related deaths in our county.”

Since December 1st, there have been at least 18 such fatalities reported in the county. At least 500 victims have died in 2016, more than double from the 228 in 2015.