Cleveland area had at least 52 overdose deaths in September

CLEVELAND (AP) — The county medical examiner in Cleveland says the number of deadly overdoses from opioids in September matched the record amount set a month earlier.

As in August, 52 people fatally overdosed from heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil or a combination of the drugs in Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County.

The medical examiner says that brings the total so far this year to 385 people.

It’s possible the number of deaths in September could increase pending ongoing tests.

The medical examiner’s office says 23 of the fatal overdoses last month involved Cleveland residents, while 29 were from its suburban areas.

The office says it has been overwhelmed by the number of overdoses. It will likely spend an extra $130,000 this year just to take bodies to the morgue.