OVER 200 ATTEND OPIATE SYMPOSIUM PANEL DISCUSSION

Story by Cleveland Municipal Court staff:

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The Greater Cleveland Drug Court held its second Community Symposium on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Moore Counseling and Mediation Services in Euclid, Ohio. Special thanks to Moore Counseling and Mediation Services for hosting this event.

Approximately 225 people attended the panel discussion on the heroin epidemic and how it has affected Euclid and surrounding communities. Questions from the audience followed the panel presentation which included a video on the heroin epidemic produced by Cleveland’s Fox 8 I-Team. Resources for assistance were provided including the services and programs that are available through the Greater Cleveland Drug Court.

Heroin use has been rising both in Ohio and nationally. Twenty-three people on average in Ohio are dying from heroin overdoses weekly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ohio had the second highest number of drug overdose deaths nationwide in 2014, and in 2016 Ohio continues to lead the nation in accidental overdoses.