Overdose deaths during the opioid epidemic

At the peak of the opioid crisis in 2017, people overdosed at a rate of more than 12 people per day in Cuyahoga County.

Over half of overdoses (11,836 total) in Cuyahoga County were by people ages 25-49. There have been more than 1,000 overdoses by people over age 65 since 2013, and more than 2,300 by children under age 18. No age group is immune.


The 2020 overdose count is estimated if the current trend continues based on the year-to-date figure of 1,401 through June 30. The 14-day moving average shows that overdoses dropped substantially in April 2020 but rose above pre-pandemic levels by the end of May and remained high in June. If this trend continues, overdoses for 2020 could be close to the 2019 number.

Note from source: “Drug overdose data is retrieved from the state’s EpiCenter surveillance system. “Overdoses” include all emergency visits to a medical provider where drugs were identified as the cause of traumatic injury and only include cases where the case notes included the terms “OD” or “overdose.” Overdoses caused by suicide attempts or traumatic injuries or by everyday drugs like Tylenol were removed or reclassified where identified. Overdose totals do not include victims who were treated by safety forces and not transported to emergency rooms … Estimates contained here were calculated by methods developed by Summit County Public Health and cannot be considered final or official counts of overdoses in other counties.”


Summit County Public Health Statewide Estimated Drug Overdoses Dashboard.