Source: Euclid Police Site
Opiate overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Over the past several years, opiate overdose has been a major public health concern in Cuyahoga County. In recent years, Cuyahoga County suffered numerous overdoses and overdose deaths.
To help reduce the number of fatal and nonfatal overdoses in Cuyahoga County, we are changing the way we handle addicts who request help with their addiction to opiates such as morphine, heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone as found in OxyContin®, Percocet® and Percodan®, and hydrocodone as found in Vicodin®. There are limited facilities in the Greater Cleveland Area to care for these individuals, and it is very difficult to gain admission to in-patient facilities. It is recognized that there is a narrow window, generally 12 – 24 hours, to help a person addicted to opiates when they decide they want help
The Euclid Police Department has partnered with Moore Counseling and Mediation Services, Inc. (MCMS) through the ADAHMS Board of Cuyahoga County (Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services) to assist these parties in connecting them with the appropriate services to assist them in getting the help they need. The goal is to connect addicts with treatment and divert them from the criminal justice system.