CLEVELAND – For the second straight month, Cuyahoga County may set a record for opioid deaths as the drug epidemic continues to make a toehold in Northeast Ohio.
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office said 52 people died in September due to heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, or a combination of all three. September’s overdose deaths number mirrors the record of opioid deaths set in August.
However, September fatal overdose deaths may increase as the medical examiner’s office waits for pending toxicology results.
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Cleveland recorded the most deaths in September with 29 people overdosing on opioids. Three people died in Euclid and North Olmsted. Four died in Lakewood. Others died from the drugs in Brook Park, Brooklyn, Cleveland Heights, East Cleveland, Lyndhurst, Maple Heights, Mayfield Heights, Middleburgh Heights, North Royalton, Olmsted Falls, Parma, Parma Heights, South Euclid and Strongsville. The drugs also claimed the lives of people as far as Chillicothe, Cincinnati and Traphill, North Carolina.
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