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Deaths and Overdoes Linked to "Pink" heroin or Fentanyl
Attention: Law enforcement and members of the public are being cautioned about the immediate public health threat of fentanyl, “pink” or otherwise, being substituted and sold as heroin or crack cocaine. Map of Fentanyl Cases

Welcome to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Website

Cuyahoga County Heroin Initiative

Cuyahoga County Charter Provision § 5.03 Medical Examiner: Powers, Duties and Qualifications

All powers now or hereafter vested in or imposed upon county coroners by general law shall be exercised by the Medical Examiner. The Medical Examiner shall also have such powers and duties as shall be established by ordinance that are not inconsistent with those provided by general law for county coroners. The Medical Examiner shall be a licensed physician, shall have specialized training in forensic medicine and pathology, and shall have final authority as to determinations concerning medical matters within his or her responsibility. The Medical Examiner may appoint deputies to the Medical Examiner, who shall be designated Deputy Medical Examiners and one of whom may be designated the Chief Deputy Medical Examiner.

Sections 313.11 and 313.12 Revised Code of State of Ohio

"...any person (who) dies as a result of CRIMINAL or other VIOLENT means, or by CASUALTY, or by SUICIDE, or SUDDENLY when in apparent health, or in any SUSPICIOUS or UNUSUAL manner..."

The Coroner Shall Keep a Complete Record as Required by the Revised Code of the Revised Code of the State of Ohio

Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Seeks Public's Help Identifying Male Found in Lake Erie
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office is seeking help from the public and media in identifying an adult white male who was found in Lake Erie on May 23, 2014. more...

FitzGerald names Medical Examiner
Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald announced his selection for Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner, the position which replaces the formerly elected County Coroner. more...

Availability notice of the Findings of No significant impact and an Environmental Assessment for DNA Testing at the Cuyahoga County Coroner's Office, 11001 Cedar Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106. In order to obtain a copy of the Findings of No Significant Impact of the Environmental Assessment please send a written request to Dr. Harmeet Kaur..


  News & Information
Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation  - The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation is a prevention, education and resource organization.
  SPEA Suicide Prevention Education Alliance - Our mission is to prevent suicide by teaching young people to recognize the warning signs of suicide and to seek professional help for themselves and others.
  Forensic Science Week  August 11th - 17th
In recognition of the important role that proper forensic science plays in the investigation of crimes throughout the nation, from exonerating the innocent to identifying the guilty, the listed organizations would like to recognize the scientific and technical professionals that serve our communities in this vital role.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is April 26, 2014 - 10AM to 2PM

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

A 2012 U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy report showed that more than 70 percent of people who first misuse prescription drugs get them from their friends or relatives, or simply take them without asking. Abuse of prescription opiates also leads directly to the increase in illicit drug abuse of heroin.

Find a drop site near you at:

Or use one of the many drop boxes year round at local police stations:


CCMEO 2014 Presentation at AAFS- CCMEO sends a delegation of medical and scientific staff to Seattle, WA for the 66th Annual Academy of Forensic Science from February 17-22, 2014.  The team will make seven separate presentations in the fields of pediatric pathology, toxicology, pediatric toxicology and trace evidence.

  The Heroin Epidemic -- Our Community’s Action Plan - On Nov. 21, 2013, many of Northern Ohio’s leading institutions gathered for a daylong summit in an effort to find solutions to the region’s heroin epidemic. A Community Action Plan was formulated over the course of several planning meetings and finalized during the summit.

Opiate Collaborative Heroin Initiative  The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office is a public service agency responsible for the investigation of violent, suspicious and sudden and unexpected deaths, such as overdose deaths, including those due to opiates and heroin.
This initiative is a collaborative effort to deploy collection containers to local police departments to collect unused prescription drugs that might otherwise fall into the wrong hands.
Hospice of the Western Reserve's
Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center, a community-based grief support program, provides services throughout Northern Ohio.
  Cornerstone of Hope is dedicated to providing support, education, and hope for the grieving.
  Touch DNA
Learn more about the Cuyahoga County's Touch DNA process


Paternity Testing 
The Cuyahoga County Coroner's Office is now offering Paternity Testing.
  Amber Alert 
The CECOMS Center serves as the coordination point for the Northeast Ohio AMBER Alert system.
Organ and Tissue Donation
Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program
Safe Kids - Greater Cleveland
Dedicated to the prevention of unintentional childhood injuries
Safe Communities - Greater Cleveland
Creating a safe environment for kids.