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Cleveland issues new warning after spikes in overdose deaths

May 29, 2019

CLEVELAND (AP) — The coroner serving greater Cleveland is issuing his second warning in less than a week following another spike in drug overdose deaths.

Dr. Thomas Gilson, Cuyahoga County medical examiner, said Tuesday that the northeastern Ohio county saw eight suspected overdose deaths over the Memorial Day weekend.

That followed seven overdose deaths in just over a 48-hour span last week, and brings to 18 the number of deaths in the county since May 20.

Officials say fentanyl, a powerful synthetic painkiller, is the likely cause.

Hamilton and Butler counties in southwestern Ohio and Franklin County in central Ohio have also reported spikes in overdose deaths attributed to fentanyl in recent days.

Ohio has been one of the hardest-hit states for overdose deaths in recent years.

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