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11-19-2013, 10:53 PM
CLEVELAND, Ohio

-- As many as six people died from drug overdoses countywide over the weekend, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner said Monday.
A statement sent out late Monday morning said the cause and manner of the deaths - as well as what drug or combination of drugs were involved - has not been determined, but spokesman Hugh Shannon said "it is suspected" that the deaths were heroin-related.

The medical examiner's office and the testing lab said the examinations will be expedited and they will coordinate with local, state and federal authorities.

Four of the six overdose deaths occurred in Cleveland. One was in Bay Village and one was in Walton Hills, according to the medical examiner's office.
The announcement came less than an hour after Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the creation of a heroin unit in his office, to combat what he called a problem reaching all corners of the state.

DeWine said a minimum of 11 Ohioans die from heroin overdoses every week.

The short-term death spike is not isolated to Cuyahoga County.

Lorain County authorities believe a batch of the opioid fentanyl - sold as heroin - played a role in more than 20 overdoses earlier this month, at least four of which were fatal. Elyria Police arrested 29-year-old Siarres Noble under suspicion of dealing heroin mixed with the pain killer Fentanyl. Noble is currently facing felony drug trafficking and possession charges, as well as unrelated charges, in Lorain County Court of Common Pleas.

Authorities have been engaged in a heightened, public battle against the drug, as heroin deaths in Cuyahoga County have skyrocketed almost 400 percent in the last five years.

The death toll is showing no sings of slowing down. Through the end of August, there were 133 heroin-related overdose deaths in Cuyahoga County, on pace for nearly 200, the medical examiner's office said Monday. In 2012, about 161 people died from heroin-related overdoses.

U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio Steven Dettelbach's office and the Cleveland Clinic are convening a day-long heroin summit Thursday to address the legal, medical, societal and law enforcement aspects of the drug's destructive tear.






http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2013/11/six_suspected_weekend_overdose.html

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Earlier article, before fentanyl was ruled out;

As many as six drug overdose deaths this weekend in Cuyahoga County


CLEVELAND, Ohio -- As many as six people died from drug overdoses countywide over the weekend, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner said Monday.
A statement sent out late Monday morning said the cause and manner of the deaths - as well as what drug or combination of drugs were involved - has not been determined, but spokesman Hugh Shannon said "it is suspected" that the deaths were heroin-related.

The medical examiner's office and the testing lab said the examinations will be expedited and they will coordinate with local, state and federal authorities.

Four of the six overdose deaths occurred in Cleveland. One was in Bay Village and one was in Walton Hills, according to the medical examiner's office.
The announcement came less than an hour after Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the creation of a heroin unit in his office, to combat what he called a problem reaching all corners of the state.

DeWine said a minimum of 11 Ohioans die from heroin overdoses every week.

The short-term death spike is not isolated to Cuyahoga County.

Lorain County authorities believe a batch of the opioid fentanyl - sold as heroin - played a role in more than 20 overdoses earlier this month, at least four of which were fatal. Elyria Police arrested 29-year-old Siarres Noble under suspicion of dealing heroin mixed with the pain killer Fentanyl. Noble is currently facing felony drug trafficking and possession charges, as well as unrelated charges, in Lorain County Court of Common Pleas.

Authorities have been engaged in a heightened, public battle against the drug, as heroin deaths in Cuyahoga County have skyrocketed almost 400 percent in the last five years.

The death toll is showing no sings of slowing down. Through the end of August, there were 133 heroin-related overdose deaths in Cuyahoga County, on pace for nearly 200, the medical examiner's office said Monday. In 2012, about 161 people died from heroin-related overdoses.

U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio Steven Dettelbach's office and the Cleveland Clinic are convening a day-long heroin summit Thursday to address the legal, medical, societal and law enforcement aspects of the drug's destructive tear.