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Medical Examiner: 30 Overdose Deaths So Far in July

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CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Gilson, today issued a public health alert, informing the public that Cuyahoga County has suffered at least 15 suspected overdose deaths from Friday afternoon through early Tuesday morning. This follows up on nearly a dozen the previous weekend.

“With only just over one-third of the month behind us, overdose deaths are mounting quickly. Our concern for the public health and welfare compels us to issue these alerts and to provide as much information to the public as soon as possible. We do not have all the answers yet, but we will know more shortly. While we are continually on the lookout for new trends in street drugs, such as the carfentanil we saw in 2017, we have learned that the driving force behind overdose deaths in our community, fentanyl, needs no additional help. I caution everyone to be on the lookout and take all necessary safeguards to protect their lives.” Dr. Gilson warned.

Expedited forensic testing is underway to confirm which drug(s) may be involved in these cases and drawing on all resources, both internally and in conjunction with community partners, to determine the reasons behind this recent spike. This may lead to additional alerts. At the current rate, Cuyahoga County is expected to suffer at least more than 700 overdose deaths this year.


Death Date Month Death Date Day Death Date Year Sex Age Hispanic Race Residence City
07 08 2022 Male 34 No White Lakewood
07 08 2022 Male 78 No Black Cleveland
07 08 2022 Female 30 No White Cleveland
07  09  2022  Male  30  No  White  Cleveland 
07  09  2022  Male  60  No  White  Middleburg Heights 
07  09  2022  Male  69  No  Black  Cleveland 
07  09  2022  Male  45  No  White  Richmond Heights 
07  10  2022  Male  40  No  Black  Cleveland 
07  10  2022  Female  59  No  White  North Royalton 
07  10  2022  Male  66  No  Black  Cleveland 
07  11  2022  Male  31  No  White  Cleveland 
07  11  2022  Male  58  No  White  Cleveland 
07  11  2022  Male  31  No  White  Cleveland 
07  11  2022  Male  41  No  Black  Cleveland 
07  12  2022  Male  34  No  White  Cleveland 


Short-term and long-term intervention is available. Furthermore, Naloxone and fentanyl test strips, will work with most fentanyl analogues. For a list of community walk-in clinics, please visit:

If you or anyone that you know is actively using or recovering from opioid addiction, contact Project DAWN for information at 216-778-5677. Eligible program participants, are given FREE Naloxone kits – the opioid reversing antidote.

Additionally, the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County provides a 24-hour crisis hotline at 216-623-6888.