Fentanyl deaths on the rise

Fentanyl deaths on the rise

CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office has issued the following statement related to the recent rise in deaths associated with the use of fentanyl.

Fentanyl continues to be distributed, either as heroin or mixed with heroin, which is oftentimes deadly to unaware or inexperienced users. Fentanyl-related deaths are not decreasing, and continue to rise. Cuyahoga County had 5 fentanyl-related deaths in 2013 and 39 fentanyl-related deaths in 2014.

Previously, fentanyl-related deaths were a sporadic community emergency. Current patterns suggest it may now be a regular occurrence. Over the past weekend (March 7 - 9) 4 of 10 overdose deaths were fentanyl or fentanyl mixed with other opiates. The period prior (February 27 - March 4), an additional 6 overdose deaths occurred, 2 were related to fentanyl.

Naloxone, the medication that can reverse an overdose caused by an opioid drug, such as heroin or fentanyl, can be obtained free of charge through Project D.A.W.N.

For more information about the life-saving program Project D.A.W.N. CLICK HERE.

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