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Meth deaths and ER visits climb sharply in SF, as leaders look for solutions
San Francisco Chronicle

Deaths and emergency room visits connected to methamphetamine use have climbed sharply over the past decade in San Francisco, where the drug is almost as significant a public health threat as heroin and opioids like fentanyl, according to city reports.

Methamphetamine overdose deaths doubled over the past decade, even as opioid fatalities stabilized; more people die from methamphetamine use than heroin in San Francisco. Meth-related emergency room visits skyrocketed more than 1,200 percent from about 150 in 2008 to nearly 2,000 in 2016.