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CUYAHOGA COUNTY MEDICAL EXAMINER RELEASES PRELIMINARY MID-YEAR STATISTICAL REPORT ON HEROIN-RELATED DEATHS

CUYAHOGA COUNTY – The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner released today a preliminary 2013 mid-year* statistical report on heroin-related deaths** in Cuyahoga County.

Medical Examiner-ruled heroin-related deaths through June 30, 2013

·        97 ruled cases in Cuyahoga County. 27 ruled cases were female, 70 ruled cases were male.

·        27.84% of heroin-related deaths in Cuyahoga County are female.

·        86.6% of heroin-related deaths in Cuyahoga County are white.

·        47 heroin-related deaths were residents of the City of Cleveland, or 48.43%, and 46 heroin-related deaths were residents of suburban communities, or 47.42%. 4 heroin-related deaths were from outside of the county.

·        Projections for 2013 are between 190-199 heroin-related deaths.

Heroin-Related Deaths

YEAR

DEATHS

FEMALE DEATHS

% FEMALE

DEATHS

% SUBURBAN DEATHS

AGE

19-29

2012

161

39

24.22%

42.86%

25.47%

2011

107

25

23.36%

48.60%

25.23%

2010

90

17

18.89%

45.56%

28.89%

2009

64

16

25.0%

40.63%

26.56%

2008

64

17

26.52%

43.75%

18.75%

2007

40

6

15.0%

42.5%

7.50%

Annual statistical data reports from the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office are available online at: http://medicalexaminer.cuyahogacounty.us

* Cases ruled as of August 1, 2013 for cases occurring between January 1, 2013 and June 30, 2013.

** “Heroin-related deaths” means that heroin or the proper combination of metabolites were present and were a direct or supporting cause of the ruled death.

 

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