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Cleveland police respond to three fatal overdoses in less than 10 hours

The overdoses took place between 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2:30 a.m. on Sunday.

CLEVELAND — Editor's note: the video in the player above is from a story published on Dec. 29, 2020.

The Cleveland Division of Police Sunday reported three fatal overdoses within a matter of hours. 

According to Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia, officers responded on Saturday evening to two overdoses between the hours of 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., the first on Behrwald Road for a 64-year-old female, the second on Bellaire Road for a 70-year-old male.

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Just hours later at 2:25 a.m. on Sunday morning, police found a 76-year-old woman who had died from an overdose on E. 73 Street.

In December, 3News' Romney Smith spoke with Dr. Ryan Marino, a Medical Toxicologist and University Hospitals Emergency Room Physician about the rise of overdoses in Cleveland during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“There have been a lot more overdoses, a lot more people with withdrawal from substances and just people who don’t have anywhere else to go coming into the emergency department. Overdoses are definitely up in Cuyahoga County, in the state of Ohio and across the country,” said Dr. Marino.

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Editor's note: the video in the player below is from a story published on March 24, 2021. 

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