CUYAHOGA COUNTY -- Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Gilson confirmed there were at least 41 fatal heroin/fentanyl overdoses in April and at least 237 overdoses including cocaine so far in 2017.
Gilson released his findings Friday, adding that nine April cases are still pending further toxicology testing, which may cause the total to increase.
Gilson said the demographics are as follows:
25 City of Cleveland residents; one person whose address is unknown; 15 suburban residents from Brooklyn, Euclid, Garfield Heights, Lakewood (2), Newburgh Heights, Parma, Richmond Heights, Shaker Heights, Strongsville (2); and three out-of-county residents from Kent, Mentor, and Willard.
Gilson also said in a news release that April also suffered 29 cocaine-related deaths, with 11 being mixed with heroin, fentanyl, or a combination of the two.
In 2017, at least 187 victims have died from heroin, fentanyl, or a combination of the two (237 victims including cocaine-related deaths).
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