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Medical Examiner: Six possible overdose deaths in Cuyahoga County this weekend

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The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner tells 19 Action News that there were as many as six possible overdose deaths over this past weekend. 

At this time, the Medical Examiner is unable to identify these individuals as these cases are under investigation and awaiting confirmed testing.

It is unclear at this time, what the causes were in each case, however, the Medical Examiner and its Regional Forensic Laboratory will expedite testing in these cases to determine causes and manners of death at the earliest possible time. 

Individuals using drugs and their friends and family should be aware of the increased number of fatalities, in light of the ongoing heroin epidemic in the county.  They should also watch for excessive sleepiness and breathing problems and seek emergency intervention as soon as possible.

Individuals using drugs should be aware that there is NO safe dose of heroin. Should they choose to use heroin, some practices have been shown to reduce the risk of death are:

  • Not mixing with other drugs or alcohol reduces overdose risk;
  • Use smaller doses, especially if returning to use after any period of sober time;
  • Use around other people who may be able to help if something goes wrong

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