The opioid crisis continued to ravage Lorain County throughout the year, hitting people from all walks of life. There were at least 132 overdose deaths in the county this year, according to county Coroner Dr. Stephen Evans.
The crisis has not only affected the lives of those who overdosed, but has also touched countless lives of their family and friends and has put a financial strain on local government resources.
In the spring, county Domestic Relations Judge Sherry Glass helped save a man that was overdosing outside her home. A participant in the Lorain County Recovery court overdosed in a hearing and had to be given three doses of naloxone before she was revived.
The cities of Elyria and Lorain as well as Lorain County all filed lawsuits against the manufacturers of prescription opioids in 2017 in an effort to get accountability from those many feel caused the problem in the first place.
- Elyria police saw more ODs in 2017
- 2017 in review
- Fatal opioid overdoses expected to exceed last year in Lorain County
- County sues opioid makers
- Ohio to name winners of up to $12 million in opioid science grants
- County readies to sue opioid makers
- Elyria files lawsuit against drug firms over opioid crisis
- ‘It never really leaves you.’ Opioids haunt users’ recovery
- 'It can happen to anyone'
- Ohio launches anti-opioid ad campaign to reduce prescribing
- Services address opioid epidemic
- Elyria City Council set to vote on opioid lawsuit
- Elyria Council initiates process to sue over opioids
- Evans: 'Thinning the herd' unacceptable response to opioid epidemic
- Lorain County Drug Task Force expanding
- Nord Family Foundation awards $200,000 grant for opioid study
- Authorities pledge increased cooperation against opioid epidemic
- From 'depths of hell' to sobriety
- Drugs, alcohol fuel rising Children Services workload
- 'Why did you do this to us'
- OPIOID OVERLOAD: County struggles as epidemic widens
- Lorain sues over opioid epidemic
- Lorain to sue drug companies over opioid crisis
- Recovery court participant overdoses at hearing
- Lorain County Bar seeks lawyer's suspension
- Attorney: No evidence of drugs to justify suspension
- Attorney's license suspended after reports of overdoses
- Suspended lawyer's death being investigated