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U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan Releases Statement on Cuyahoga County Overdose Surge

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Ohio

U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan released a statement today after the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner issued a public health alert concerning suspected overdose deaths in the county.

“There are no safe street drugs,” said U.S. Attorney Brennan.  “Pills that look like oxycontin or percocet are often pressed fentanyl, fentanyl analogues or carfentanil.  Similarly, cocaine is not just cocaine, and heroin is not just heroin.  What is being bought on the streets is killing our friends and neighbors.  We will continue to identify, dismantle and prosecute anyone selling these illegal narcotics.  But for those who are using, know that help is available.  Please get the help you need.” 

Read the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s public health alert here.

If you or anyone that you know is actively using or recovering from opioid addiction, contact Project DAWN for information at 216-778-5677.  Eligible program participants are given free Naloxone kits – the opioid reversing antidote.

Additionally, the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County provides a 24-hour crisis hotline at 216-623-6888.

Updated December 4, 2021