Cleveland area had at least 52 overdose deaths in September

Heroin epidemic in the Miami Valley (WDTN Photo)
Heroin epidemic in the Miami Valley (WDTN Photo)

CLEVELAND (AP) — The county medical examiner in Cleveland says the number of deadly overdoses from opioids in September matched the record amount set a month earlier.

As in August, 52 people fatally overdosed from heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil or a combination of the drugs in Cuyahoga County.

The medical examiner says that brings the total so far this year to 385 people.

It’s possible the number of deaths in September could increase pending ongoing tests.

The medical examiner’s office says 23 of the fatal overdoses last month involved Cleveland residents, while 29 were from its suburban areas.

The office says it has been overwhelmed by the number of overdoses. It will likely spend an extra $130,000 this year just to take bodies to the morgue. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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