Know the Risks: The Opioid Epidemic
On a special edition of Ideas, We take an in-depth look at the opioid epidemic that's plaguing our region and killing people in record numbers.
A coalition of government and medical leaders, as well as the media, are banding together to help those in our community to Know the Risks about opioids, and prescription drugs.
Cuyahoga County is on track to see up to 850 opioid related deaths this year. Last year, more than 600 people overdosed. This is an epidemic that does not discriminate. People of all walks of life are succumbing to this addiction. To give you some perspective, just 10 years ago, Cuyahoga County reported 40 heroin-related deaths.