(Cleveland) - City, county and federal leaders Tuesday released staggering numbers regarding heroin and the amount of lives the drug has taken so far this year in Cuyahoga County.
County Executive Ed FitzGerald says 97 people countywide have already died from heroin doses since January, 27 of those people were women.
FitzGerald estimates the drug will claim upwards of 190-199 lives by the end of the year. 161-People died from heroin in the county in 2012, 107 in 2011, 90 in 2010, 64 in both 2009 and 2008 and 40 in 2007.
FitzGerald says heroin users often pick up the habit after becoming addicted to pills like oxycontin. He says heroin users come from a vary wide ang range. Heroin addicts range from high schoolers to much older adults.
The county says 86.6% of heroin related deaths in the county are users who are white. FitzGerald says 46 deaths, so far this year, involved residents from suburban communities.