Statistics released by the Medical Examiner showed that 195 people died in 2013 from overdosing on heroin in the Cleveland metropolitan area of Ohio. The number of heroin deaths in 2013 was a record high. In 2012, the number of reported heroin deaths was 161. Back in 2007, the number of heroin deaths in the Cleveland area was 40.
The rise in heroin deaths in Cleveland follows the trend across the United States. In 2007, there were 373,000 heroin abusers across the country. By 2012, the number of people who were using heroin in the United States climbed to 669,000.
Along with the rise in users, the number of heroin overdose deaths increased by 45 percent between 2006 and 2010.
Source: Alex Rogers, “Heroin Deaths Spike in Cleveland Area,” TIme, March 14, 2014.