Fifteen people, five victims a day, died from heroin-related overdoses in Cuyahoga County in the first three days of August.

Those disturbing numbers were released by Medical Examiner Thomas Gilson.

"This is a desperate issue... It is alarming. It is disturbing. It is incredibly frustrating, " said Pamela Gill, President and CEO of Recovery Resources treatment centers.

The numbers show how universal and widespread the problem is.

Of the 15 deaths:

-10 are men and five are women.

-Eight are from Cleveland and seven are from suburbs.

-Victims are evenly split across an age range from 20s through 60s.

-14 are white and one is African-American.

"It's crossed all zip codes and all demographics. This is not someone else's problem, " Gill declared.

Gilson said the deaths in August seemingly did not involve mixing heroin with an animal tranquilizer, a combination that's been very deadly in Summit County.

But fentanyl was a factor in some deaths.

And the additional drugs cancel the ability of medicines like Naloxone that can prevent overdose deaths, complicating the issue.

Gill said, " We had two people walk into the front door and literally overdose in our lobby."

They had mixed heroin with another substance, but were able to be saved.

Gill also believes some victims probably had been in treatment programs and relapsed.

Oftentimes, relapsed addicts use the same high-powered dose of heroin they'd become accustomed too before they quit, causing an overdose their body cannot handle.

Some hope the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, newly signed legislation sponsored by Ohio Senator Rob Portman will make a difference.

It should provide help for education, treatment and recovery programs.

But exactly what impact will it have.

Gill claims it's hard to say because so many players including hospitals, insurance companies and rehab facilities are involved.

She says, " It will provide more dollars, but will we have the people to scale it up fast enough."

There were 228 overdose deaths in Cuyahoga County last year. So far this year, there have been 280.

That's on pace to record 550 deaths this year, almost double last year's total.

Gill says if Zika, or Polio or Ebola were claiming that many lives, more people would demand action.

Law enforcement and the medical community are throwing more manpower and money at the problem. But it seems the crisis will get worse before it gets better.

More people know families coping with addiction. And more people are recognizing this is no ordinary drug that people can start and stop at will.

"It is a public health crisis. Have we rallied in that way yet? We could still do more, " Gill said.