Heroin and Crime Initiative

ccotflogoAccording to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 116 people die each day from opioid-related drug overdoses. The Cuyahoga County Opiate Task Force was created to increase awareness to the dangers associated with the misuse of opiates as well as to implement strategies and policies that will have a positive impact this epidemic.

In November 2017, the Begun Center was awarded nearly $1 million from the National Institute of Justice to evaluate the Heroin-Involved Death Investigations (HIDI) protocol for Cuyahoga County. The project is in its beginning stages, but researchers have already begun interviewing medicolegal investigators, prosecutors, analysts and detectives to determine ways to improve their response to heroin related fatal and non-fatal incidents. Read more.

In addition to the Begun Center, the Cuyahoga County, Ohio Heroin and Crime Initiative (HCI) also includes the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office and the City of Cleveland Division of Police.

Team: Daniel J. Flannery, PhD; Mark S. Fleisher, PhD; Karen Coen Flynn, PhD; Krystel Tossone, PhDSarah Fulton, MA


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Daniel J. Flannery: “Opioid Epidemic Panel.” Advocates for Cleveland Health, CWRU. March 2018.

Daniel J. Flannery: “Combating the Opioid Crisis: From Treatment to Enforcement Best Practices and Collaboration.” Congressional Briefing, United States Senate. November 2017.

Daniel J. Flannery: “The Opioid Epidemic.” Global Ethical Leadership Society, CWRU. November 2017.