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San Francisco drug overdose deaths hit record high
September 20, 2023
San Francisco hit another record high when it comes to drug overdoses in the Democratic city, with almost 85 deaths last month — and residents say the alarming numbers are just more proof that the city has turned into a “zombie apocalypse.”
The City by the Bay saw 84 deaths in August, with 66 of them involving the deadly drug fentanyl.
It tied January for the deadliest month since the city began tracking overdose deaths in the beginning of 2020.
“It’s crazy, so sad out here, it’s like a zombie apocalypse,” Georgia Taylor, 21, who is homeless and abuses fentanyl, told the San Francisco Chronicle. “You can’t help people who don’t want help.”
The drug crisis has become so normalized in the city that a man lay twitching on Mission Street for minutes before anyone realized he was overdosing.
Fellow drug addict Will Kretck — who was about to take a hit of fentanyl — was the one who noticed, running over to the unconscious man and beginning CPR, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
“Somebody help! Bring some Narcan!” Kretck, 39, yelled.
Another homeless man had dashed into his tent to grab a can and dispensed the opioid-reversing drug into the man’s body, saving him.
“That’s the fourth person I’ve saved in the last week and a half,” Kretck recalled to the Chronicle. “I’m just glad he’s not one of those who died. I’ve saved people and then later I hear they died, and it just tears you up.
“That might be me someday.”
Open-air drug markets are the norm in the Democrat-led city and streets are filled with addicts overdosing and walking around like zombies on tranq.
Kretck and Taylor are hoping to get clean again, but the former says it’s “so hard” to do.
“You could sell it on Catalina Island and people would get on rafts to go out there to buy it,” he told the Chronicle.
Drug overdoses in San Francisco have steadily climbed since 2017, peaking in 2020. They dropped by 85 people in 2021 before rising against in 2022, according to the San Francisco government.
San Francisco police have attempted to thwart the drug markets in high-profile areas, such as the Tenderloin. Police have seized 100 pounds of fentanyl between June and September.
In addition, more than 1,000 people have been arrested for the use or sale of narcotics, according to police.