The opiate epidemic in Northeast Ohio and across the United States continues unabated. The Cuyahoga County Coroner reported recently that August was the deadliest month with 52 deaths from overdoses of heroin, fentanyl and now, carfentanil, which is an elephant sedative 100 times more potent than fentanyl and 2500 times the potency of heroin. Through August, there have been 330 deaths from overdoses in Cuyahoga County, up from 228 for all of 2015. St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is sponsoring an Opiate Conference on Thursday, Sept. 29th at the Hilton Garden Inn on Carnegie Avenue. Hear from experts and those working on the frontlines of this epidemic. Cost is $35 per person and includes CEU opportunities. The event is open to the public.