Cuyahoga County to release mid-year report on heroin initiative Tuesday

CLEVELAND - Cuyahoga County residents will soon get an update on how the county's efforts on targeting the region's heroin epidemic are progressing.

On Tuesday, a joint news conference by Cuyahoga County Ed FitzGerald and U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach is scheduled to provide an update on the county's recent efforts to raise awareness and reduce overdose deaths related to heroin.

The initiative is a combined effort between law enforcement agencies, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's office, the county board of health, the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) board, MetroHealth Medical Center and the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner.

In 2012, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office investigated a total of 161 heroin related deaths.  Of those cases, 39 were women and 122 were men. About 43 percent of those deaths were in the city of Cleveland, while approximately 45 percent were from suburban communities. The remaining cases were from outside of the county.

The number of reported heroin related deaths in the county has quadrupled in the past 5 years.  The total number of investigated heroin deaths for previous years were:

2011 - 107 deaths
2010 – 90 deaths
2009 – 64 deaths
2008 – 64 deaths
2007 – 40 deaths

For more information on the Cuyahoga County Heroin Initiative, visit: http://5.wews.com/ouhm6

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