With the latest data now available from May, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner has increased the overdose death prediction for 2017 from 775 to 806, a sign that the crisis continues to grow worse with each day.
More than 250 people have fatally overdosed on opiates in Cuyahoga County this year so far, with a significant portion of those deaths being attributed to fentanyl, according to the most recent reports
. For years now, dealers have cut the powerful painkiller into the local heroin supply. More and more, cocaine is being cut with fentanyl as well.
Also of note: The rate of African American overdose deaths is increasing by almost 100 percent over last year.