Cuyahoga County Opioid Deaths Rising; COVID-19 Keeping Patients From Seeking Care

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The coronavirus pandemic is not the only public health threat facing Ohio.  Even as the coronavirus spreads and deaths mount, the opioid pandemic is on pace to take hundreds of lives in 2020.   We will discuss the increase in deaths that Cuyahoga County is seeing. Then the fear of the coronavirus is keeping people from seeking help in mental and physical health emergencies as well as delaying preventive care. 


Cuyahoga County 24-Hour Suicide Prevention, Mental Health/Addiction Crisis, Information and Referral Hotline operated by FrontLine Service: 216-623-6888
Cuyahoga County 24-Hour Peer-to-peer Warmline operated by Thrive Behavioral Health: 440-886-5950
Crisis Text Line: Text "4hope" to 741-741

MetroHealth Office of Opioid Safety

The Centers Helpline: 216-325-WELL

Heroin & Opioid Addiction Resources
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Joan Papp, MD, Medical Director,  Office of Opioid Safety, MetroHealth  
Scott Osiecki, CEO, Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board, Cuyahoga County  
Donald Malone Jr., M.D., Chair, Dept. Psychiatry & Psychology, Cleveland Clinic, President, Lutheran Hospital  
Baruch Fertel, M.D., Director of Operations and Quality Improvement Officer for the Emergency Services Institute, Cleveland Clinic Emergency Departments  
Thomas "T.K." Zung, Architect, Designer 

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