Cleveland-Willoughby Hills’s Cathy Lawley says that after losing her son, 31-year-old Michael Biellow on drugs on March 23, 2020, her life has changed forever .
After Cuyahoga County reported a surge in drug deaths, Lawley issued a warning to all parents, urging them to sit down and talk to their children or relatives about the dangers of seeking fast high prices.
Laurie said: “We have now entered a paradigm shift, heroin is no longer overdose, I want to emphasize this point.”
“Unknowingly, he was given fentanyl and carfentanyl. Fentanyl is an elephant sedative.”
“Your child may be out because of an addiction problem, but they may also just go to parties with other people and talk about how they became tall at once.”
“These are not overdose, but children who think they will get taller on something, and they are not getting taller on something, they are dying.”
Cuyahoga County Medical Inspector Dr. Thomas Gilson (Thomas Gilson) issued a public health alert on April 6, stating that at least 69 people died from overdose in Cuyahoga County in March.
Gilson told News 5 that if deaths continue at this rate, more than 700 overdose deaths may occur again in Kukhokhoga County. The last time Kukhohoga County suffered more than 700 deaths was in 2017. In addition, in the first five days of April, 13 overdose deaths occurred.
A large part of the death is attributed to fentanyl and carfentanil
Local agencies such as the Cuyahoga County ADAMHS Committee and the MetroHealth System Office of Opioid Safety said the alarming increase in drug-related deaths prompted them to urge their families to seek resources.
ADAMHS External Affairs Committee Director Beth Zietlow-DeJesus told the news that five families should pay attention to signs of drug abuse and addiction.
Zietlow-DeJesus said: “These are not statistics, they are human beings, they are brothers, sisters, parents, children. When there is a cluster, as we see now, it will only divide us.”
“People with substance abuse disorders have chronic encephalopathy and they need medical treatment, counseling and care to get better.”
“Look for secret behavior, be very defensive, irritable and angry.”
Kelly Cioletti, the social work coordinator of the MetroHealth System’s Opioid Safety Office, told News 5 that the outreach service and admissions outreach service unit has been posted on West 25th Street in Cleveland, just across from the MetroHealth outpatient kiosk. Cioletti said that the free Narcan kit and fentanyl test strips are available from Monday to Friday through its Project DAWN program.
Cioletti said: “We are actually available 24/7. You don’t need an ID, you don’t need to use it, you can become a family member or friend.”
“Everyone thought it was an urban drug before, but it no longer exists.”
“It is shocking and frightening that you feel that the family dealing with this problem unfortunately has to bury your loved ones.”
At the same time, Lawley assisted in the formation of “APALD” (APALD), representing the People’s Association for the Prohibition of Lethal Drugs. Laurie said that the organization will hold a reform rally in 30 cities across the county on June 4 to promote and advocate legislative reforms to the war on synthetic drugs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the organization is in 81,000 people were killed in 2020.
Laurie said that she will do her best to commemorate her son and help her family save their loved ones.
Laurie said: “I will tell him that I love you more than you know. I hold you deeply in my heart every day, and I have always been your voice.”
“I know he will want me to keep going and keep working hard until he hears my voice.”