Alarmed at a citywide spike in fentanyl OD deaths, San Francisco Mayor London Breed will announce Monday that city health and homelessness officials are creating a program for the city’s vast network of gritty SRO hotels and apartments that will train residents and managers on how to best stop people from dying from drug overdoses — particularly fentanyl.
With 39 fentanyl overdose deaths in the first three months of 2019 alone, the city is on pace to nearly double its annual total — which had already skyrocketed 147% to 89 in 2018 — and replace methamphetamine as the leader OD killer in the city. The Department of Health estimates that 30% of those fentanyl deaths happened in SROs, so the city decided to step up efforts there to go with its already vigorous street and general community education efforts.
Using $300,000 in local, state and federal funding, the health department will hire two specialists and start programs among SROs that have had overdoses or seem otherwise to be ripe for OD-prevention education, said Dr. Phillip Coffin, who, as director of substance use research for the health department, will help run the new program.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle