According to a research letter posted online on May 12, there was an increase in drug overdose deaths in San Francisco during the COVID-19 pandemic. JAMA network open.
Ayesha Appa, MD, of the University of California at San Francisco, and colleagues used data from the Office of the Forensic Physician to involuntarily compare overdose deaths (related to fentanyl, heroin, medicinal opioids, methamphetamine, and cocaine) in San Francisco 8.5 calendar months before and after the initial COVID-19 shelter order in March 2020.
The researchers found that 365 and 537 people experienced a fatal overdose before and after the foster care order, respectively. The average number of weekly deaths from overdose was 10 before the welcome order instead of 15 after the order, representing a 50 percent increase. Decent age and sex were similar between time periods. He death the rate of black deaths remained disproportionately high (272 per 100,000 black residents versus 89 per 100,000 white residents). After the order, the proportion of deceased experiencing homelessness increased from 23 to 34 percent. The percentage of deaths attributable to fentanyl increased (from 62 to 72%).
“Our findings suggest that to complement a strong public health response to COVID-19, there needs to be more robust overdose prevention for people who use drugs, especially for people suffering from homelessness, people who identify as black and people who use fentanyl and / or stimulants, ”the authors write.
Ayesha Appa et al, Died from drug overdose before and after reception orders during the COVID-19 pandemic in San Francisco, JAMA network open (2021). DOI: 10.1001 / jamanetworkopen.2021.10452
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