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SF public health officials issue alert on overdoses tied to fentanyl exposure

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The San Francisco Department of Public Health has issued an alert about overdoses — both fatal and non-fatal — after people were apparently exposed to fentanyl while using cocaine.According to a March 17 news release, within the past two weeks, SFDPH has become aware of three fatal and nine non-fatal fentanyl overdoses among persons in San Francisco who reportedly intended to only use cocaine.

The three fatal overdoes occurred in the Mission district on March 5, and were previously reported in the media.Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that can be up to 50 times more potent than heroin.

Drug overdoses began increasing precipitously in San Francisco beginning in 2015, mostly due to the presence of fentanyl in the local illicit drug supply, the release stated.

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