Deaths from accidental drug overdoses in San Francisco reached 84 people in August, establishing a new high for the city for a single month, which was previously 83 from January of this year. According to the report, 66 of the deceased died from fentanyl. So far 563 people have lost their lives from overdoses in San Francisco this year alone.
San Francisco tied its own record for the most fatal overdoses in a single month in August.
With 84 people dying in August (roughly two and a half daily), SF is on track to lose more lives from drugs in 2023 than any other year on record, https://t.co/Uq9otg7r1s
— The San Francisco Standard (@sfstandard) September 20, 2023
Forecasts project that 2023 will set a record for drug deaths
The worst year on record for drug overdoses in the city was 2020, when 725 people lost their lives. This year is projected to surpass San Francisco's annual record for accidental drug overdose deaths. In 2022, there were 647 deaths, and there were 641 in 2021. The city began keeping this data in 2020.
San Francisco is investing millions of dollars in the fight against drug addiction. It even created a "safe space for drug consumption" that lasted just eleven months due to the cost and complaints from neighbors about the damage being caused by drug users.