Cuyahoga County sees record 90 heroin deaths

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CLEVELAND (AP) — The medical examiner in Ohio’s largest county says 90 people died of heroin-related overdoses in the first half of the year, a slight decrease from the same time period a year ago.

Dr. Thomas Gilson says he’s encouraged the numbers in Cuyahoga County have dropped from 97 deaths during the first half of 2013 but remains concerned about the large number of young victims.

Data released by Gilson Tuesday show women accounted for about one in every five heroin-related deaths this year, the lowest level since 2010.

Gilson says eight of every ten victims were white, just under half lived in Cleveland and a quarter were ages 19 to 29.

Last year the county recorded 195 heroin-related deaths, shattering the previous record of 161 fatal overdoses in 2012.
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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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