My name is Michael Koch and I was a police officer for 19 years. In 2000, I promoted to undercover narcotics detective for a term of 4 years and transferred to property crimes for 3. I went back for a 6- year term as a narcotics detective until my life changed forever on 01-19-2012 when I was arrested.
In 2015, 33,091 people died from opioid overdoses in the U.S. My sister was one of them. She passed away on July 31, 2015 at the age of 44. I often think about her last day and what her final moments were like. I also think about the person who gave her the drugs that ended her life. Below is what I might say to that person if we ever met.
Robert Newman development director for Community Assessment and Treatment Services, leads a tour of the new CATS facility at the Wadsworth-Rittman Medical Center o Friday. It’s expected to be open in July.
CATS is a proud community partner with the Cleveland International Film Festival and sponsor of the film Mary Goes Round.
MARY GOES ROUND
Tower City Cinemas
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 5:10 PM
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 6:40 PM
Aya Cash turns in a masterful performance as the titular Mary, an alcoholic who spends a lot of her time running away from demons. Just when a DUI arrest makes Mary reevaluate her position as a substance abuse counselor, she receives a call from her estranged father who would like her to visit him. Reluctantly, Mary goes home to visit the man whose own alcoholism ruined his relationship with Mary’s now-deceased mother. Learning her father is dying and that she has a half-sister—neither of whom knew the other existed—Mary must reconcile with the past in order to have a future. Charmingly funny and at times heartbreaking, MARY GOES ROUND is a can’t-take-your-eyes-off-it film with splendid performances and terrific direction from Molly McGlynn, who mined her own experiences for the film. MARY GOES ROUND is a graceful look at a woman who can sneak bottles into her purse while learning to deal with the baggage she carries. —T.W.
CLEVELAND, Ohio-- Overdose deaths in Cuyahoga County are predicted to hit at least 825 in 2017, a 25 percent increase from the year before, according to the county medical examiner's office. And the death toll could be as high as 850.
Cuyahoga County is the latest to add its name to the list of cities and counties in Ohio suing the makers and distributors of highly addictive opioid medications.
CLEVELAND — The nation’s opioid addiction crisis has largely been considered a problem for white people, many of whom have fallen prey to abuse of prescription painkillers and have migrated to fentanyl and heroin, often in rural areas such as Appalachia. But in the communities around this Ohio metropolis on the southern shore of Lake Erie, there is evidence of a disturbing turn: Last year, 58 of Cuyahoga County’s 399 fatal fentanyl overdoses were African Americans, killed by a synthetic opioid now responsible for almost two-thirds of the county’s overall deadly overdoses.
In the midst of the worst drug epidemic in American history, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's ability to keep addictive opioids off U.S. streets was derailed.
Can public art impact someone's life? The Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County hopes it can.
WADSWORTH — A Cleveland nonprofit will open a residential drug addiction treatment center at Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital next year, marking the first of its kind in the county.
For drug dealers, one of the biggest challenges of selling synthetic opioids like fentanyl is the likelihood that the product will kill their customers. To reduce that chance, many test the drugs on human guinea pigs.
President Trump said Thursday that he will declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency. That designation could potentially open a new wave of federal funding to Ohio’s public health agencies to combat the crisis.
In 2012, when LightBox spoke to Philadelphia-based photographer Jeffrey Stockbridge about his work documenting people in the city’s Kensington neighborhood, many of whose lives, he says, revolved around heroin, he had hoped to conclude his work there in the space of a few months.
"At that point in my life, I was doing coke every day. Pretty much every second of free time that I had, I was doing coke. I couldn't control it." - Lamar Odom
CLEVELAND - Fake OxyContin, disguised as the potent animal sedative Carfentanil, has been found in Northeast Ohio.
The morphine-like pain killer Oxycontin is just one of a number of opioids fueling a substance use crisis in the U.S. federal health officials say. And successful treatment for the substance use disorder can be costly.
The opioid epidemic has crippled communities across the United States, spurred a public health crisis, and is responsible for nearly 100 overdose deaths each day.
Opioid abuse is also hurting America’s job market.
When does toll of opioid crisis fuel change?
We know numbers can be numbing. Take the number 4,000. That is roughly how many are estimated to have died last year from drug overdoses in my home state of Ohio.
Berea police patrolman Dave Kammerman is part of the "Safe Passages" program that has police officers helping people addicted to drugs get treatment rather than arresting them. Kammerman says it has changed his outlook on life and is the best thing he has ever done as a police officer.
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Overdoses are now the leading cause of death of Americans under the age of 50.
For the last several weeks, media outlets have reported that 13 Senate Republicans have been meeting behind closed doors to discuss legislation that could lead to millions fewer Americans having health coverage—and make it hard for many people with pre-existing conditions to buy an affordable plan.
Fentanyl, a drug 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine, has been linked to a surge of fatal overdoses across the county. It has been showing up in other drugs across the area.
As the country grapples with the sweeping opioid epidemic, one study offers a different lens through which to view the crisis: private insurance claims.
Police are warning about a dangerous fentanyl-laced marijuana that has been emerging in Ohio, reports say
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Drug overdoses killed at least 43 people in Cuyahoga County since Memorial Day Weekend, the county medical examiner's office said.
WASHINGTON - Declining economic opportunities and increased access to addictive painkillers have combined to ignite an opioid crisis that kills more than eight Ohioans every day, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine told a congressional committee Thursday
New data compiled from hundreds of health agencies reveals the extent of the drug overdose epidemic last year.
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office announced that 14 people died of suspected heroin or fentanyl overdoses over the Memorial Day weekend.
At least 4,149 Ohioans died from unintentional drug overdoses in 2016, a 36 percent leap from just the previous year, when Ohio had by far the most overdose deaths in the nation, according to county coroners' figures compiled by The Columbus Dispatch.
Treatment and prevention programs are an important part of the effort against opioid addiction, the former U.S. surgeon general said in Cleveland yesterday.
Inmates at Grafton Correctional Institute’s Reintegration Center are performing “Macbeth” as a way to face their own emotions and criminal pasts.
Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Gilson is scheduled to speak in front of a U.S. Senate committee Thursday to talk about the country's growing issue with synthetic opiates.
As Ohio lawmakers decide how much to spend targeting the state's opioid crisis and balance a shrinking budget, two Democrats in the Senate want to tap the state's rainy day fund to tackle the problem.
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge David Matia will address members of U.S. Congress Wednesday about the nation's heroin crisis at a luncheon at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington D.C
The struggling heroin addicts whose tragic stories drive a harrowing new documentary about America's opioid crisis turned to the needle after the damage was done by prescription painkillers. "Warning: This Drug May Kill You" debuts on HBO on May 1st at 10 p.m.
What if family members treated cancer patients the same way they view people struggling with drug or alcohol addiction?
Cuyahoga County officials have labeled the epidemic a "public health crisis" with 2017 on track to claim some 850 lives in this county alone.
As with much of the United States, Ohio is in the throes of a heroin and opioid epidemic that shows no signs of abating.
How racial bias and segregation molded a kinder response to the opioid epidemic than past drug crises.