Data Points

By the numbers: Opioid overdose deaths in region

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San Francisco had the highest number of opioid overdose deaths in 2018 of any Bay Area county, according to data from the California Department of Public Health.

Nearly 150 people died in San Francisco, compared with 81 in Contra Costa County and 59 in Santa Clara County. 

Here’s how the counties ranked in 2018 by opioid overdose deaths. 

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1. San Francisco — 146
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2. Contra Costa County — 81
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3. Santa Clara County — 59
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4. Alameda County — 56
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5. Sonoma County — 41
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6. San Mateo County — 40
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7. Solano County — 19
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8. Marin County — 9
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9. Napa County — 7
1. San Francisco — 146
2. Contra Costa County — 81
3. Santa Clara County — 59
4. Alameda County — 56
5. Sonoma County — 41
6. San Mateo County — 40
7. Solano County — 19
8. Marin County — 9
9. Napa County — 7

About 30 percent of San Francisco overdose deaths happen in single-room-occupancy hotels (SRO), according to the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the medical examiner’s office. Mayor London Breed’s office and the city’s public health department recently announced a new overdose prevention program that targets SRO hotels. 

San Francisco public health officials said the city is seeing a rise in the number of overdose deaths, mainly as a result of the introduction of the opioid fentanyl into the drug supply. The risk of dying from a fentanyl overdose is high, officials say. 

“We must do more to fight the serious danger that fentanyl presents to our community, and this new program will help us meet people and provide SRO residents with the training and medication to prevent overdose deaths,” Breed said in a recent statement. 

SourceCalifornia Department of Public Health; San Francisco Department of Public Health