Cuyahoga County on pace for record number of overdose deaths, medical examiner’s data shows

2021 Cuyahoga County overdose deaths by month through June.

Cuyahoga County is on pace to see a record number of overdose deaths in 2021, according to projections from the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The office is projecting the county will see 750 overdose deaths this year, based on data through July 15. If that pace holds, the county will surpass the record 727 overdose deaths it saw in 2017.

Through the end of June, 304 overdose victims died from heroin, fentanyl (or fentanyl analog), or a combination of them, according to medical examiner’s office data. That compares to 192 at the same point last year, 214 in 2019, 185 in 2018 and 292 in 2017.

At least 351 Cuyahoga County overdose deaths in 2021 involve heroin, fentanyl (or analog), cocaine or a combination of them, according to the medical examiner’s office.