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Tragic tale of former foster child aged just 19 who’s hooked on fentanyl in San Francisco


A 19 year-old former foster child is caught in the grip of a fentanyl addiction after being moved to a San Francisco halfway-house beside an open-air drug camp.

The baby-faced teenager, who gave his name as Noah Santana-Cobain, found a ready and available supply of the powerful synthetic opioid after being assigned to the city’s Larkin Center, on the edge of its notorious Tenderloin District. 

The Larkin Center is supposed to offer housing and support for young adults aged between 18 and 24 who are too old to remain in foster homes.  

But addicts smoke fentanyl and other drugs just feet away from its door unimpeded, providing Noah with immediate access to the ultra-powerful painkiller he says he is desperate to quit.

The first picture of Noah that spread on social media showing him crumbled in a ball outside of a storefront with scabs on his legs

The first picture of Noah that spread on social media showing him crumbled in a ball outside of a storefront with scabs on his legs 

Noah is originally from Iowa Township in South Dakota, but moved to San Francisco to be with his grandmother

Noah is originally from Iowa Township in South Dakota, but moved to San Francisco to be with his grandmother

The open-air fentanyl market outside of Noah's home, the Larkin Center, in San Francisco



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Written by Bourbiza Mohamed

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