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A record 621 people died of drug overdoses in San Francisco so far this year, a staggering number that far outpaces the 173 deaths from COVID-19 the city has seen thus far.
The push to ramp up response and awareness of opioid overdoses comes at a time when it's increasingly needed as the state and country are facing a rise in use, officials said.
Doctors who prescribe opioid painkillers should tell their patients about a potentially life-saving medication that can reverse drug overdoses, according to new federal guidelines issued Thursday.
Franklin County has experienced nearly 30 deaths because of suspected opioid overdoses between Jan. 31 and Feb. 9, according to Dr. Anahi Ortiz, the county's coroner.
Alarmed by a deadly new twist in the nation's drug addiction crisis, the U.S. federal government will allow states to use federal money earmarked for the opioid epidemic to help growing numbers of people struggling with meth and cocaine.