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Run, Jane, Run event helping to battle opiate epidemic

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CLEVELAND -- Since 2007, heroin-related deaths in Cuyahoga County have more than tripled, and the County is on pace to see around 180 deaths in 2013. 

In 2012, there were 161 heroin-related deaths in our county alone.  

The Women's Recovery Center celebrates the 25th annual Run, Jane, Run sports festival that includes a 10-K and 5-K run at Edgewater Park in Cleveland on Sunday morning.

"Run, Jane, Run is the center's signature fundraising event, with the proceeds supporting alcohol and other drug treatment services for low-income and medically indigent women and their families.

With crisis-level proportions of women that seeking treatment for opiate addiction, the funds are needed to provide treatment services at the point that she is motivated for recovery," says Executive Director Mary Jane Chichester.

Heroin has emerged as the greatest drug threat in the lives of women and families throughout Northeast Ohio.

The availability of heroin has increased over the past several years, and in 2011 heroin surpassed cocaine as the greatest drug threat in Cuyahoga County.   

The Women's Recovery Center operates with the mantra of "Treating Addiction ... Liberating Lives." Each year, 200,000 women die as a result of complications of addiction. That is four times the number of deaths from breast cancer.

The Women's Recovery Center operates a nonprofit outpatient alcohol and other drug treatment facility for medically indigent women and their families.

For additional information concerning the 25th annual Run, Jane, Run, call (216) 651-1450 or click HERE.

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