A 911 phone call to authorities led police to the 1500 block of Page Street shortly after 4:30 a.m. this morning, where they found three men unresponsive. Aid was given, but all three died at the scene. Details are slim, but SFPD has stated that neither foul play or last night’s frigid temperatures played a role in the deaths.
The San Francisco Department of Public Health tells SF Weekly they are investigating to see if the deaths are drug-related, though the cause has not yet been confirmed by the Medical Examiner.
“A Medical Examiner analysis of the drug paraphernalia (a glass pipe) found at the scene of yesterday’s deaths shows cocaine and methamphetamine, as well as fentanyl and acetyl fentanyl, which are synthetic opioids,” says Rachael Kagan, spokesperson for DPH. “Preliminary screening results for all three deceased men show the presence of methamphetamine, cocaine and fentanyl/fentanyl analogs in their bodies. Fentanyl analogs, such as acetyl fentanyl, are designed to function similarly to fentanyl, with a slightly different chemical makeup. According to the Medical Examiner, the screening results suggest that methamphetamine was likely the drug that was laced with fentanyl and acetyl fentanyl.”
“People who buy drugs on the street are at risk of purchasing drugs contaminated by fentanyl, which is a very strong opioid, much more potent than heroin,” said Dr. Tomas Aragon, San Francisco health officer. “It is essential for their safety to carry naloxone in case of overdose. It is a matter of life and death.”
Naloxone, also called Narcan, is an opioid overdose medication often carried by police, paramedics, drug users, and community activists to aid those suffering from an overdose. In 2016, 883 overdoses were reversed thanks to the drug. It is particularly important when dealing with fentanyl, which is a fast-acting, highly deadly compound being slipped into methamphetamine, cocaine, Xanax, prescription opioids and heroin.
The block of Page Street where the men were found is generally a quiet, affluent one. The Urban School, a private high school that costs nearly $45,000 per year, takes up the majority of the block. The school’s large arching doorways are often filled with people sleeping in groups at night time, as they offer a little protection from the elements.
District 5 Supervisor London Breed announced Thursday that an emergency neighborhood meeting will be held on Saturday to discuss the deaths.
In light of the recent tragic events in the Upper Haight/Panhandle community, I am holding an emergency public safety community meeting THIS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24 at 11AM @SFPDPark Community Room @ 1899 Waller St. @SFPD, @SF_HSH, @SF_DPH and service providers will be present.
— London Breed (@LondonBreed) February 22, 2018
UPDATE, 2/23: The three victims have been identified as Michael Campbell, 32; David Clark, 31; and Adam Wilson, 36.