We just heard an overdose go out.
Looks like somebody's at a bus stop.
Unknown male OD'ing -- that's all the information we have.
We have an engine with a paramedic,
as well as an ambulance with a paramedic on board, responding.
We're gonna be another additional layer to this response
and kind of try to begin care for this person at the scene.
Fentanyl's been a game-changer.
It's been a game-changer nationwide
and a game-changer here in San Francisco.
The vast majority of drug overdose deaths
here in San Francisco involve opioids,
and the vast majority of those involve fentanyl.
The first responders and paramedics in the San Francisco
Fire Department respond to literally dozens of overdoses every day.
Community paramedics have the ability to transport folks directly
from the street to a variety of non-emergency services
like shelters, mental health drop-ins, substance-use-disorder treatment,
or even bringing someone to a pharmacy or bringing someone to urgent care.
The fire department's seeing
over approximately a dozen overdoses a day. Those are just the overdoses that we know about
inside of the 911 system. We know that there are many, many more occurring that are never reported.
But the overdoses that this team focuses on
are the ones that are part of the 911 system
and folks that we know about
and can begin influencing their care right away.
30% of overdose deaths are unhoused individuals.
Approximately 5% of San Franciscans
are people of color,
but they represent 25% of overdose deaths
here in the city.
To see numbers like that
and to watch that just cut down people
was really hard.
And it was a little demoralizing after a while
when you realize there's very little --
We are the "come after the facts," not before.
What was the call? Came in as an OD. Girl from across the street called.
Are you interested in a shelter bed today?
Not really -- I just want to recuperate and a lift...
Where would you like a taxi voucher to?
The streets -- Mission and 6th.
What do you -- What's down there for you?
-A friend's house. -A friend's house.
Well, I can't -- I can't do a transport or a taxi voucher
to a friend's house, but I can give you a taxi voucher
and get you into a shelter today.
I don't want to go to a shelter.
I could see about getting you a ride to the Lincoln Center.
Do you know the Lincoln Center at Market and 7th?
-Yeah, okay, okay.
-Would you like to go there? -Yeah.
-You would? -Yes.
This individual, we believe, was discharged from the hospital within the past 15 minutes.
She's here at a bus stop.
We can tell from our medical records
she's a high utilizer of 911 systems.
We could transport this person directly to shelter
from the street in the context of a 911 call.
But, for a variety of reasons, she's declining.
This initially came out as an overdose.
There might be an opioid component.
It's unclear at this time, but either way,
this is a very vulnerable, unhoused individual
who's essentially relying on the 911 system
for their primary care.
-Folks who survive overdoses
are at very, very high risk of future mortality.
So when this team -- this rapid response team --
has contact with an individual,
the data from that encounter is automatically transferred
to our Department of Public Health colleagues,
and their goal is to follow up with these folks
within 72 hours.
-We are on the outreach van.
We have a list of probably about nine people we're going to see
in the next two hours -- or at least try to find.
These are all people that have had a non-fatal overdose.
And what our job is, is to follow up with people
in that critical first 24 to 72 hours
after a non-fatal overdose,
when -- where someone's at an even higher risk
of overdosing again.
-How many overdoses has he had?
-So, he's had a couple, even in the past month.
-So we are basically going to see him
to kind of see what happened
and just kind of do a -- like, debrief about what happened,
to see what he's willing to do
to kind of reduce -- to reduce his risk.
-And where is our patient, he said?
-He said he hasn't been seen in three days.
When our feet hit the ground,
we know exactly what we're meant to do that day,
and we're going to try to change someone's life.
And it could be one, and we could fail, right?
But we're just going to get up and try again.
Starting [buprenorphine] is a great start.
I just want to make sure that whatever you think you want
and whatever's going to work for you
that we're supporting you in any way we can.
So today it looks like we looked for six, five.
We were able to make contact with one in facility,
and we have a care plan for him.
Five we were unable to locate and can pick that up on Monday.
Does that sound about right, guys?
-Yes. -All right. Okay.
Everybody has a right to have someone care about them
or fight for them.
It's super personal. All of this is personal.
It's absolutely personal.