A new Public Health Department report revealed that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)’s district of San Francisco saw a 70% increase in drug overdose deaths from 2018 to 2019.
There were 441 drug overdose deaths in San Francisco in 2019, almost 200 more than the 259 in 2018.
54% of the overdose deaths were attributed to fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that can be 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine.
Most of the overdoses occurred among black people, men, and those in their 50s, the report said.
Experts expect overdoses to increase even more in 2020 because of the coronavirus outbreak, which has increased many people’s isolation and made it more difficult to access treatment services.
Read the full story here.