Criminal Justice

October 22, 2021

A proposed Biden drug policy could widen racial disparities, civil rights groups warn

A coalition of nearly 100 civil rights and criminal justice reform groups is protesting a Biden administration proposal that would potentially stiffen prison sentences for certain synthetic opioids, warning that it will exacerbate racial disparities already in the system.
November 8, 2021

Suspected overdoses kill 16 people in 3 days in Cuyahoga County

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – A public health alert was issued Monday by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner due to a surge in overdose deaths.
November 11, 2021

The Faces of a Crisis: Lives lost to overdose as opioid epidemic surges through Ohio, fueled by fentanyl

Three in 4 overdose deaths are caused by the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl.
November 4, 2021

MetroHealth CEO bashes ADAMHS Board over behavioral health services, seeks $10 million to develop new solutions

CLEVELAND, OH – Ahead of opening his own behavioral health and substance abuse facility in Cleveland Heights, MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros criticized the county’s current efforts to combat the opioid crisis and asked Cuyahoga County Council for $20 million over the next two years to do better.
October 21, 2021

From sheriff to inmate: Ohio man shares story of failure to help others struggling with addiction

At just 34-years-old, Kyle Overmyer was the youngest sheriff in Ohio. The stress of the job combined with physical pain led him down a dangerous path of addiction.
September 30, 2021

DEA agents confiscate nearly 2 million fake pills in nationwide drug raids, including in Cleveland

CLEVELAND (WJW) – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration calls it a public safety alert as agents crack down on synthetic drugs that are killing Americans by the tens of thousands.
October 4, 2021

Cleveland police respond to 9 overdoses, 7 of them fatal, in 48 hour span

CLEVELAND — Cleveland police responded to numerous overdoses over the course of 48 hours this weekend, according to a weekend report released by the Cleveland Police Department.
October 27, 2021

Police officers are collapsing after touching fentanyl, but experts say you can't overdose from skin contact. The likelier story? Panic attacks.

Cops have collapsed after touching fentanyl, but experts say you can't overdose from skin contact. Police officers may be experiencing a disorder that converts stress into physical symptoms. Misinformation is swirling about the risk of fentanyl exposure on the job for police officers.