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Opioid Use and Misuse

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 Program Contacts

April Vince MSSA, LSW
Program Manager
216.201.2000 ext 1538
Becky Karns MPH
Program Manager
216.201.2000 ext 1607

For the most recent reports from the Medical Examiner’s office, click here


Overview of Local Drug Related Deaths

  • The leading cause of injury-related death in Ohio continues to be accidental drug overdose
  • Heroin and Fentanyl are two of the main factors in the increase in fatal overdoses
  • Ohio has experienced nearly an 800% rise in fatalities since 2000
  • The United States consumes nearly 80% of the world’s total opioid supply, even though it makes up only 5% of the world’s population
  • About 75% of all prescription drug overdose deaths can be attributed to opioid pain relievers

Click below for The Opioid Managment Toolkit created by The Center for Health Affairs

Cuyahoga County has seen 1,493 more fentanyl related deaths from 2016-2019 than the entire decade prior (2006-2015). 

Fentanyl is about 50-100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more potent than many forms of heroin.


CCBH will serve in the role of Overall Project Lead for the CDC Overdose Data to Action cooperative agreement, or the OD2A grant. 

Historically, CCBH has participated in drug overdose prevention activities and initiatives and has assumed a lead role in statewide and local injury prevention related groups, task forces and partnerships. 

We are focused on working closely with all of our collaborative partners to ensure the proposed data/evaluation and prevention strategies are successfully implemented and all required work is completed.

Click here to learn about what we want to accomplish in the first year.