3 dead in San Francisco; suspected fentanyl overdose

Three men died and a fourth was hospitalized in Northern California after what authorities believe was a fentanyl overdose.

Santa Clara County sheriff’s deputies were called to a home in an unincorporated area near Gilroy shortly after 3 p.m. Monday to assist firefighters, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Agents found the men, all in their 50s, unconscious and gave them Narcan, the office said.

Naloxone, known by the trade name Narcan, is used in emergencies to reverse opioid overdoses.

Three of the men were pronounced dead at the scene. The fourth was hospitalized, but there was no immediate word on his condition.

The names of the victims were not immediately released.

All four are believed to have overdosed on fentanyl, authorities said, though the Office of the Medical Examiner will determine the official cause of death.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid 80 to 100 times more potent than morphine. It has been blamed for thousands of deaths in California alone.