San Francisco woman alleges a 10-year-old boy overdosed after coming into contact with fentanyl during walk home from school

"People are dying in the streets from the fentanyl."

Katie Daviscourt Seattle WA
A San Francisco woman alleged on Tuesday that a 10-year-old boy overdosed on fentanyl while walking home from school after coming into contact with the synthetic opioid drug last week.

Maria Reyes, who came to confront San Francisco Mayor London Breed about the city's open-air drug use during a Tuesday press conference, told a journalist that she was forced to render life-saving aid after witnessing a young boy overdose in a store in the city.

"People are dying in the streets from the fentanyl," Reyes said, according to the video. "There was a 10-year-old boy on the floor (in the store) and his brother was crying and said, 'Can you help?'"

Reyes told the journalist that the little boy who was collapsed out on the floor "was not breathing" and she attempted to revive him by "distributing NARCAN." However, she claimed that the NARCAN "did not work" and the boy started to turn "blue and green."

"I was panicking," said Reyes. "So, I started working on the stomach and on the heart because it wasn't pumping."

After 20 minutes, Reyes said that she was finally able to bring the boy "back to life."

"This is an emergency!" Reyes proclaimed. "We need to do something about it."

The San Francisco resident was hoping to speak with Mayor Breed about the "out-of-control" open-air drug use that is "killing people in the city", but was unable to get the chance due to far-left protesters disrupting the press conference aimed at addressing this issue.

Democrat Mayor London Breed and the board of supervisors were unveiling new plans to address San Francisco's "humanitarian crisis", otherwise known as the homeless crisis exacerbated by illegal drug use, when far-left protesters surrounded the Mayor as she began her speech the United Nations Plaza, an area in the city notorious for open-air drug use.

Before the Mayor and board of supervisors were forced to leave UN Plaza after law enforcement shut down the event due to violence from the crowd, which included a far-left protester allegedly throwing a brick at Mayor Breed, the group was set to announce a new pilot program that would allow police to make arrests for open-air drug use, which is currently prohibited in the city.

When the meeting reconvened indoors, board supervisor Aaron Peskin announced that he had issued a letter to Mayor Breed on Monday demanding San Francisco shut down all open-air drug markets within the next 90 days, and said the mayor needs to open an Emergency Operations Center to address the crisis.

"Many San Franciscans do not feel safe," Peskin said. "Brazen drug dealing and deteriorating street conditions have exacerbated a humanitarian crisis on our streets."

Reyes told the journalist before the press conference began that the city needs to refund the San Francisco Police Department and start enforcing laws. She also slammed Mayor Breed for failing to uphold her duties as Mayor and said that it's "time for her to go."

"We need more police," Reyes explained. "We want London to go. We don't need her. She hasn't done nothing for us."

"We need more cops. I support the police 100 percent. We need the police into San Francisco," Reyes said, according to the video.

Although California Governor Gavin Newsom announced in April that he would be deploying the National Guard to help clean up San Francisco's open-air drug markets, Reyes said that National Guard service members are nowhere to be seen in the city and demanded Mayor Breed take action.

"We need the National Guard," Reyes said. "They said they were going to come and we're still waiting for them."

San Francisco community members have been requesting action from Newsom for years and have created the California Peace Coalition to lobby the governor.

Newsom directed the California National Guard to hone in on identifying, analyzing, and dismantling drug trafficking rings. He tasked the CHP to work with local police and officials in enforcing drug laws in the area.

Since the beginning of 2023, there has been a 41 percent increase in overdoses, 200 deaths total, in San Francisco compared to the same time period last year.

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