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When death comes to Cleveland, it’s far more likely to be packing a needle than a gun.

Just since June 1, there have been 41 reported drug fatalities in the city and surrounding suburbs, the Cuyahoga Medical Examiner confirmed Friday.

By contrast, there have been 42 homicides in Cleveland all of this year — 38 of them by gunfire.

And with 248 heroin/fentanyl overdoses now on the books for 2017, the county — including Cleveland — is easily on pace to eclipse last year’s total death toll of 312 for those kinds of overdoses, officials reported.

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A heroin user prepares to inject himself in New London, Conn. John Moore / Getty Images file

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http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/americas-heroin-epidemic/fatal-heroin-fentanyl-overdoses-rise-cleveland-area-n770481

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