At the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office, the bodies just keep coming. Roughly two every day. Each one requires yet another autopsy and yet another call to a devastated family with the same terrible message: Your loved one died of a drug overdose.
Anybody who dies of a homicide, suicide, accident or alone with no doctor’s sign-off on the cause of death winds up at the city morgue. Now, nearly half of those bodies are there because of an accidental drug overdose.
New numbers provided to The Chronicle show 1,070 bodies were examined by the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office from Jan. 1 through Aug. 31. And 468 of them died of an overdose.