Seven people die from drug overdose in Ohio's Cuyahoga County

Seven people die from drug overdose in Ohio's Cuyahoga County

Ohio’s medical examiner will probably issue a public health warning in the country soon as seven people lost their life due to drug overdoses in Ohio's Cuyahoga County on Saturday.

Chris Harris, the communications specialist for Cuyahoga County medical examiner's office said that in the month of August solely, 52 drug overdose deaths have been reported, the highest such number ever recorded by the county in a given month.

This year, 350 people have died from drug overdoses in the county, and as per Harris the toll could climb to 500 deaths caused by opioid drug overdoses by the year end, which is double the number from the past year.

In a statement, medical examiner Thomas Gilson said, “This cluster of deaths is deeply concerning. Although there is no clear link between the individuals, this number clearly raises the possibility of a very deadly drug in the community”.

In the last some months, the county and the state have seen a record number of overdoses caused by the three opioids, including fentanyl, carfentanil, and heroin.

Authorities said that the drugs responsible for overdoses weren’t known so far and investigation is on.

The Drug Enforcement Administration said that both carfentanil and fentanyl are strong opioids that now drug dealers have been mixing with heroin to boost the drug and make their supply long lasting.

It is cancer patients who generally take fentanyl to get relief from pain. The opiod is 50 to 100 times potent in comparison to morphine. A sedative for huge animals, Carfentanil isn’t legal for human use. This drug is a version of fentanyl, and is 10,000 times strong as compared to morphine. Just about 2 milligrams of carfentanil can knock out a roughly 2,000 pounds African elephant.