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SFDPH Alert-- Health Update: Fentanyl Overdose

In September 2019, three persons with no known history of opioid use required critical care in San Francisco following fentanyl overdose. One had sniffed a powder and was observed to immediately stop breathing and suffer a cardiac arrest; this person was toxicology positive primarily for fentanyl. The second reported sniffing cocaine while at a bar, but was toxicology positive for cocaine and fentanyl. The third was known to use cocaine, but was toxicology positive for fentanyl, cocaine, and methamphetamine; that individual is now deceased.