AN EPIDEMIC THAT HITS CLOSE TO HOME

Over 5 days this month, 16 people in Greater Cleveland died after overdosing on drugs.

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OPIOID-RELATED DEATHS

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ADDICTION CAN AFFECT EVERYONE
Although this brain disease is particularly hard on people in poverty, it can affect everyone.

It generally does not care whether you are male or female. It does not care what color your skin is, or whether you live in Cleveland or its inner- or outer-ring suburbs.

NONE OF US IS IMMUNE

Addiction is not a moral flaw. It is a brain disease. Chemistry and genetics contribute. Stress, poverty, mental illness, and trauma can make someone more likely to start using and to become addicted to alcohol or drugs.

Addiction can affect everyone
Addiction affects people all across the Greater Cleveland area. Hover your mouse over the different areas to view the number of fatal overdoses and median income for each zip code. Zoom in and out by clicking the +/- icons on the left-hand side of the map, or by placing your cursor over the map and scrolling up or down. Dark blue signifies zip codes with higher overdose rates, while light blue highlights those with lower rates. The orange circles highlight the areas with the highest concentrations of overdoses.

Median Income by Zip Code/ All Fatal Overdoses 2012-July 2018 by Zip Code

Median Income by Zip Code/All Fatal Overdoses 2012-July 2018 by Zip Code

Data Source: US Census Bureau 2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates & Health Data Dashboard, Summit County Public Health.

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ADDICTION IS A VICIOUS CYCLE
The cycle of addiction makes life harder.

It can make it more difficult for people to make good decisions, provide proper care for their children, maintain relationships, pay the bills or keep a job. When these factors add up, it often results in unemployment, an inability to meet basic needs, loss of custody or homelessness.

38%
Homeless - Alcohol
38% of homeless people nationally are dependent on alcohol.
26%
Homeless - Other Drugs
26% homeless people abuse other drugs.
43%
Children in Foster Care
Since 2013, the opioid epidemic has contributed to a 43% increase in the number of children in foster care in Cuyahoga County.
STANDING UP AGAINST ADDICTION
WHILE THE ADDICTION AND OPIOID EPIDEMIC STATS ARE OVERWHELMING, THERE IS HOPE FOR THE FUTURE.

United Way of Greater Cleveland partners with community organizations that provide outpatient substance-abuse treatment programs, community re-entry programs, sober housing and other support.

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individuals served by United Way partner agencies and organizations

83%

individuals saw a reduction in symptoms or maintained sobriety

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