COVID-19 more deaths so far in San Francisco

San Francisco (AP) – A record 621 people have died of drug overdoses in San Francisco so far this year, a staggering number that has so far surpassed the number of 173 deaths resulting from COVID-19, now The city has seen till.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday that the crisis created by the powerful painkiller Fentanyl could have been worse if it had not been used nearly 3,000 times so that someone from the beginning of January to the beginning of November was on the verge of death. To be saved from.

The data shows the number of people using Narcone’s Drug Overdose Prevention and Education Project, a city-funded program that coordinates San Francisco’s response to overdoses, or to replenish their supplies. Does. DoPE project officials said that since the numbers are self-reported, they are likely a major undercount.

Last year, 441 people died from drug overdoses – a 70% increase from 2018 – and 2,610 potential overdoses were prevented by Narcan, a drug commonly sprayed nose to reverse an opioid overdose, The DOPE project according to the city’s medical examiner’s office and statistics.

The newspaper said the crisis had been deepening, as phenytoin, which can be 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, flooded the city’s drug supply. In addition, the coronovirus epidemic has disrupted city services such as housing and treatment, and left many people who rely on others to help save overdoses if they use them alone.

While about 40% of deaths occurred near the city in the Tenderloin and South of Market neighborhoods, city data showed the epidemic touched every part of the city. Many bought low-income apartment buildings and city-funded hotel rooms for the homeless. Others died on sidewalks in streets and parks around the city.

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