10 fatal overdoses in Cuyahoga County during Labor Day weekend

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CLEVELAND-- More than a dozen people died from overdoses in Cuyahoga County in the first few days of September.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office said there were 14 deaths from heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil or a combination between Sept. 1 and Sept. 7. Ten of those deaths were during Labor Day Weekend.

Victims ranged from an 18-year-old woman in Olmsted Falls to a 64-year-old man in Cleveland.

There were 52 fatal overdoses in Cuyahoga County during the month of August. According to the medical examiner's office, that's the highest fatality rate for opioid overdoses in a single month.

At least two deaths were because of the large animal sedative carfentanil, which is 2,500 times more deadly than heroin.

While there were 228 fatal overdoses in 2015, there have already been 330 this year. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office predicts 500 by the end of 2016.

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