In 2019, there were 13 fentanyl-related overdose deaths in Marin County, more than all prior years combined.
Similar increases are being seen regionally. Overdose victims may have been unaware of the emergence of fentanyl-laced compounds in the Bay Area drug supply and of the powerful potency of fentanyl. In Marin County, most people who died from fentanyl overdoses had ingested multiple substances. Alcohol, cannabis, stimulants and other sedatives are commonly found in toxicology reports related to a fentanyl overdose. This month Marin County Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis sent advisory alerts to Marin physicians, schools, and families. Read the letters from the Marin County Health Officer to Parents in English and Spanish here. Letter to Clinicians