The Street Overdose Response Team provides care, resources, and support to people who experience an overdose.
What do we know about overdose deaths?
• Overdose deaths are preventable.
• People who survive an overdose are at heightened risk for a future overdose
• Homelessness, racism, poverty, and trauma contribute to substance use and overdose risk
• About half of the people who die from a drug overdose in San Francisco had prior contact with our emergency services
What is the Street Overdose Response Team?
• The team launched in August 2021 as a collaboration between the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the San Francisco Fire Department
• We respond to people immediately after an overdose, and again within 72-hours, to connect people to care and treatment
• Support may include lifesaving naloxone, treatment medicine, supportive counseling, and guidance getting substance use treatment, housing, or shelter
• The team includes a Community Paramedic, a Street Medicine Clinician and other specialists and peer counselors. They operate citywide, 12 hours per day, 7 days per week.
• The team will expand in 2022 to include more teams, expanded staffing, and up to 24/7 coverage
• We are rapidly growing our case list to support hundreds of San Franciscans at the highest risk of overdose