Cuyahoga County saw record overdose deaths in March 2021

Source: Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office

Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Gilson issued a public health alert after the county suffered at least 69 suspected overdose deaths in March.

Gilson said it is too early to project with certainty how many overdose deaths there will be this year, but the figures from the first quarter of 2021 put the county on pace to surpass 700 overdose deaths for the first time since 2017.