Posted by on February 22, 2018
Categories: Bay Area

(by Dave Brooksher) – Three men were found dead in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood early this morning, and the Department of Public Health is concerned that fentanyl poisoning may be to blame.

Officers responded at 4:35 a.m. to a call requesting police to check on three unresponsive people in the 1500 block of Page Street, Officer Robert Rueca said.

They arrived to find the three men still unresponsive. Medics also came to the scene and pronounced the men dead, Rueca said.

Police said there were no signs of foul play and the city’s medical examiner’s office will investigate the trio’s causes of death, which has not yet been determined.

Public health officials said that fentanyl, an extremely potent opioid that is sometimes used to cut street drugs, was responsible for 22 deaths in San Francisco in 2016. Most of those were associated with opiates or methamphetamine, but 27 percent involved cocaine.

One person died from fentanyl poisoning after ingesting counterfeit Xanax pills in Oct. 2015 and another died after ingesting crack cocaine laced with fentanyl in May 2017.

Public health officials are advising users of street drugs to carry Naloxone, more commonly known as Narcan, which can save lives if administered to opioid overdose victims if used properly.

Rueca said the men were not related and did not reside at the location where officers found them. Their names have not yet been released.

Officers have since cleared the scene and Urban School of San Francisco, a high school located nearby at 1563 Page St., was unaffected, Rueca said.