Know the risks of opioids: Fighting back against a public health crisis

CUYAHOGA COUNTY, Ohio -- Fighting back against a public health crisis: the deadly local opioid epidemic.

Cuyahoga County is coming together in what is being called an unprecedented awareness blitz: "Know the Risks." FOX 8 is part of today's multi-station event to help battle the epidemic.

According to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office, there were more than 600 heroin, cocaine and fentanyl deaths in 2016, with a projection of up to 850 deaths in 2017.

Those devastating numbers led to the formation of a task force made up of individuals from local hospitals, Cuyahoga County, the US Attorney's Office and the Medical Examiner's Office.

To help those who may need it, there is a live phone bank until 11:30 p.m. tonight The number to call is: 866-459-2547.

Here on FOX 8 News, we will also air Bill Sheil's powerful special: "Heroin Hits Home," at 7 p.m. tonight.

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