"Know the Risks" special airs Thursday night

"Know the Risks" special airs Thursday night

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The opioid epidemic is at a crisis level. Cuyahoga County is in the middle of a public health crisis, with more than 600 heroin, cocaine and fentanyl deaths in 2016, and a projection of up to 850 deaths in 2017, according to the county medical examiner's office.

In the past three days, Cleveland Police said they responded to a total of 29 opiate-related incidents, including three fatalities. During the month of February, there were at least 60 fatal opiate-related overdoses, according to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner, Dr. Thomas Gilson.

Cleveland 19 News has been combating the epidemic with its ongoing Spot the Signs campaign.

Thursday night, Cleveland 19 News, as part of a market-wide broadcast, will air a half-hour special called "Know the Risks" beginning at 7:30 p.m. It will be hosted by Tiffani Tucker and Chris Tanaka.

Before the special, a group of experts will host a phone bank from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Thursday to answer any of your questions. The number to call: 866-459-2547.

Join in the conversation on social media using the #KnowTheRx hashtag.

*The special will pre-empt Jeopardy. Viewers can set their DVRs for 1:52 a.m. to catch the pre-empted episode. 

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