More Than Three Times as Many People in San Francisco Have Overdosed on Drugs in 2020 as Died from COVID

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San Francisco is not incredibly expensive and full of progressive snobbery, it’s also a dangerous place to live and is full of crime, homelessness and drug addiction.

Recent data shows that more than three times as many San Francisco residents have died of drug overdoses this year as have died from COVID.

SF’s Strict Lockdown

Like the rest of the Sunshine State under the “leadership” of Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom, San Francisco is under a strict lockdown. The city has even put in place extra rules to make sure anyone coming into the city is “coronavirus free.”

However the problem appears to be inside the drug and AIDS-infested city, where over three times as many people are dying from fentanyl and drug overdoses as are dying from COVID so far this year.

But, you know, priorities.

Looking at the Numbers

According to official numbers on overdose deaths, San Francisco had 58 people die of drug overdoses in November alone, which boosted the total for 2020 to 621 from January to November. It’s up from 441 deaths in all of 2019, and we still have December to get through.

That same period of January to November, 2020 saw 173 COVID-related deaths recorded in San Francisco.

In particular, the overdose epidemic is being driven by fentanyl which is being abused by an increasing number of drug addicts and is also often laced into other substances that people purchase from dealers in various street drugs.

The frightening fact is that San Francisco’s amount of overdose deaths could have been much much higher, considering that the use of the emergency anti-overdose Narcan medication was reported 3,000 times to a city-funded drug safety program.

That’s the officially reported amount of times someone had to save themselves or another person from almost dying of a drug overdose. Imagine how many more times this was done and not even reported. The actual numbers of the drug crisis in America and places like San Francisco is staggering and the amount of people who almost died of drug overdoses in SF if they hadn’t used Narcan in time is minimum 15 times more deaths than COVID and probably more like 100 times higher, since the city estimates that reporting of near overdoses and use of Narcan is likely about only 10% of the times it is used.

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Warning: Progressive Policy Kills

While states like Oregon legalize all drugs and California continues to shutdown and strangle small business while giving Hollywood and giant corporations plenty of loopholes for their lawyers to wiggle through, thousands of people are dying of drug overdoses every month across the country.

Progressive Governors like Newsom and the delusional and dangerous Kate Brown in Oregon are more focused on transgender rights by putting gender neutral options on drivers licenses and punishing working Americans than actually saving lives. Their progressive blindness and hypocrisy isn’t just about giving conservatives and normal people something to complain about: it’s now become a matter of saving your life in the face of extreme stupidity and arrogance from those who technically lead you.

Tragically, there were 81,230 fatal drug overdoses in the United States between May, 2019 and May, 2020, which is the largest increase on record. It turns out that locking people in their homes and giving them no hope for the future is not a great recipe for getting them off drugs. Who would have imagined?

COVID remains a serious disease, but it does not mean that lockdowns are a logical response, and cases like San Francisco show the danger of ignoring other crises in the middle of the pandemic.

It’s true that more than 319,000 Americans have died of COVID-related causes, although in many cases the reporting is being called into question in cases where there was another contributing cause of death or the statistics are being inaccurately inflated.