Fentanyl Leading Cause of Opioid Overdose Deaths in San Francisco

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Paraphernalia for smoking and injecting drugs is seen after it was found during a police search on April 19, 2017, in Huntington, West Virginia. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Fifty-seven people in San Francisco died of fentanyl overdoses in 2018, up from just six in 2010. That's according to a new San Francisco Chronicle report, which found that the potent synthetic painkiller is now "fully embedded" in the the city's streets. The report, relying on preliminary data from the San Francisco Department of Public Health, also found that fentanyl is now the leading cause of opioid overdose deaths in city, surpassing both prescription pills and heroin. We'll discuss fentanyl's toll on users and what can be done to stem its rise.

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