Jan. 15, 2021 – The DOPE Project has also seen an increase in the number of overdoses prevented by Narcan, a medication commonly sprayed up the nose to reverse an opioid overdose. This year, the project recorded 3,470 reversals, compared with 2,610 last year. Of the 2020 overdose fatalities reported by the city, 26% occurred in the Tenderloin, a neighborhood with high drug-dealing rates.

The San Francisco Police Department’s Tenderloin station said in its 2020 report posted on Twitter that officers made 2,219 arrests in 2020, including 600 for drug dealing, and removed 18.1 kilos of narcotics from the area. The Inner Mission saw the second-highest number of overdose deaths, with 16% of the fatalities, according to the medical examiner’s report.

The data also reveals that 76% of the overdose deaths were in men and 79% had a fixed address. More than 40% of the people who died lived in either the Tenderloin or the neighboring SoMa, two districts known for its subsidized single-occupancy apartment buildings and services and organizations dedicated to helping the indigent.



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