CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Ohio has a drug problem on their hands. Heroin, fentanyl and opiates are huge concerns.
Drug overdose deaths have become the leading cause of injury deaths in the United States. Each day in the United States, more than 120 people die as a result of a drug overdose.
Here in Cuyahoga County, the Medical Examiner's Officer reviewed more than 700 drug overdose cases between 2014 - 2015. One hundred and seven people have died of heroin and fentanyl overdoses in Cuyahoga county within the first ninety days of 2016.
While the majority of drug overdose fatality victims are white males over the age of 20, we've found that 20% of fatal drug overdose victims are people in their 20s or younger, shifting our story's focus on drugs in schools.
"My freshman year is when I started the pills, and like oxy and stuff like that, and then I think it was my sophomore year when I first tried heroin," said Andrea Geraci, 23. "My junior is when I actually got really bad on it."
The Ohio Department of Education requires all public primary and secondary school districts to report discipline data at the conclusion of the school year through Ohio's EMIS data collection system. The data is used to help create the Discipline section of Ohio's report card and to fulfill state and federal regulations. All of the data can be broken down by school year, district, and building on the Ohio Department of Education's website.
Cleveland 19 News searched every public school district in N.E. Ohio and found 23 school districts where 10 or more discipline incidents in the "Use/Possession of Other Drugs" category were reported. This is the category used to report drug discipline for drugs other than alcohol and tobacco, which have their own categories. According to the Ohio Department of Education, this is where the discipline for use or possession of marijuana, opiates, prescription drugs, heroin and more can be found.
Tonight at 11, we expose Northeast Ohio's top drug schools.
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