While the coronavirus has overshadowed other causes of death since last year, deadly drugs like fentanyl are taking a heartbreaking toll in places like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) hometown of San Francisco.
In fact, despite the impression left by pandemic fearmongers in the Democratic Party, drug overdose deaths last year were double San Francisco’s COVID death toll — and it’s only getting worse, the Washington Examiner reported.
Last year, a record 700 people died from overdoses, while less than 300 succumbed to COVID.
City’s overdoses dwarf COVID deaths
Between January and April of this year, 252 San Franciscans died from overdoses, up from 181 at the same time in 2020.
The spike starkly illustrates just how bad the drug problem is in San Francisco, a city once widely regarded as the Pacific Coast’s crown jewel before it declined into squalor, homelessness and crime that are pushing people to leave.
Like many places in America, San Francisco is getting hit hard by an inflow of the highly potent synthetic opioid fentanyl, which often pours in from Mexico, as Breitbart notes. Data from the city’s medical examiner says that the spike in deaths began after fentanyl began flooding the streets in 2019.
Dr. Phillip Coffin, director of substance abuse research for the Department of Public Health, said that the uptick in deaths is not surprising. “We anticipated mortality to go up because that is exactly what’s happened everywhere that fentanyl has settled into,” he said.
Dems overlooks lockdown damage
Coffin also said that “fentanyl is here for good,” so cities like San Francisco have no choice but to focus on managing the destruction.
“A big part of it is to bring the intervention to the places where the people are, as opposed to forcing people to go to where the interventions are,” he said.
What’s happening in San Francisco is only the tip of the iceberg. Drug overdose deaths hit a record 87,000 nationwide last year. It remains unclear how many preventable deaths have occurred because of lockdowns, but they probably haven’t helped. In California, a third of businesses have closed for good.
While COVID has doubtless inflicted a devastating toll on America, it’s not the only public health crisis the country faces — and it’s actually subsiding. Meanwhile, a tragic drug epidemic in Pelosi’s backyard — one that has caused more death than COVID itself there — is getting worse, but she doesn’t care.
What Pelosi and her allies care about is power. For over a year, they have been focused on using the virus to assert unprecedented control over the lives of citizens and wreck their livelihoods. America is only beginning to reckon with the damage they caused.