July 17, 2013

San Francisco Meth Zombies Facts

  • Ranked as the fourth largest city in California based on population, San Francisco County has 805, 235 inhabitants in 2010.

  • 63% of people visiting the emergency room for drug abuse were male.

  • Cocaine is the chief culprit of emergency room visits for illicit drugs. Stimulants are second, followed by marijuana and then heroin.

  • By the end of 2010, there were 15,861 San Franciscans living with HIV/AIDS. About 92% were male and of that 63% were caucasian. Additionally, nearly three quarters of all HIV/AIDS cases were among homosexuals (MSM) and 14% of that were also injecting drug users.

  • According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health 2002-05, The percentage of regular drug use in the San Francisco metropolis is higher than in any metropolitan area in the country.

  • In 2010, the neighborhoods of Western Addition, Tenderloin, Mission, and Castro have the highest rates of HIV/AIDS.

  • In 2010, South of Market, Tenderloin, and Western Addition are the areas most concentrated with HIV injecting drug users.

  • Since the beginning of the epidemic a total of 28,793 San Francisco residents have been diagnosed with AIDS.

  • San Franciscans diagnosed with AIDS made up 3% of the cases reported in the US in 2010.

  • Emergency room visit rates due to drug abuse in San Francisco were less than double that of the national average in 2006.

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