Lingering pandemic impact, rise in fentanyl lead to worrisome rise in opioid overdose deaths

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CUYAHOGA COUNTY, Ohio — New numbers from the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office shows at least 304 people have died in 2021 so far from heroin, fentanyl, cocaine or a combination of these deadly drugs.

Projections put Cuyahoga County at 750 deaths for the year, which would exceed the record set in 2017, at 727 reported deaths.

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