San Francisco’s Overdose Deaths Reach All-Time High in August Amidst Ongoing Struggle with Drug Abuse

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A year after San Francisco Mayor London Breed declared a state of emergency, the drug crisis engulfing San Francisco has not relented. In August, San Francisco suffered a sharp increase in overdose deaths, with the number spiking to 84. July’s fatal overdose count of 74 tied January’s as the deadliest month for overdoses since the city began tracking these fatalities in early 2020. If the current trend continues, San Francisco is projected to witness 845 overdose fatalities this year, surpassing the 725 deaths recorded in 2020. These figures come after Gov. Gavin Newsom (CA-D) deployed the California Highway Patrol and National Guard in an attempt to slow the fentanyl scourge. The ongoing influx of drugs across the southern U.S.-Mexico border continues to influence the crisis in California.