News & Updates

County Wins Federal Opioid Response Grant. DOJ funds to expand Rx and Heroin Suppression

Ventura County Opioid Abuse Suppression Taskforce (COAST)

The Ventura County Behavioral Health Department, in cooperation with the County’s Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Workgroup, announced today that the County of Ventura has been awarded a competitive grant under the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program; federal funding provided by the U.S. Department of Justice to combat opioid misuse. The Behavioral Health Department’s successful proposal for $935,401 was funded in full; falling just under the $1 million maximum and the largest award of two California county grants in this category. Dr. Loretta Denering, Division Chief for Alcohol and Drug Programs noted, “With this new funding, we will dramatically expand our ability to leverage information from multiple sources—our behavioral health,public health, emergency medical services, medical examiner and public safety data—to analyze trends and target efforts to reduce local impacts.” The award marks the first major funding dedicated to addressing local opioid issues and the plan enjoyed endorsements from many agencies. “This is truly about data-driven collaboration,” said Sheriff Geoff Dean, who was a strong supporter of the proposed approach, “We know that opioid abuse is really hitting home here in Ventura County, and it takes strong teamwork to reverse the trends we’ve seen over the last decade.”

> Read the Press Release

15th Statewide Integrated Care Conference - October 24

The 15th Statewide Integrated Care Conference was held on October 24-25, 2018 at the Hilton Universal Hotel, Universal City, California. This year’s conference theme was “Integrating Substance Use, Mental Health, and Primary Care Services: Disruptive Innovations and Sustaining Change.”

Ventura County Behavioral Health staff presented on Data-Driven Overdose Prevention: Ventura County’s “NO-OD” Program. The presentation included how an opioid overdose prevention program began as a pilot project and evolved over four years as a data-informed community health project using best practices on a tight budget. Speakers were Dr. Loretta Denering, Chief, Alcohol and Drug Programs VCBH; Dan Hicks, Prevention Services Manager, VCBH ADP; Kim O’Neil, Executive Director, Project SAFER; and Dr. Kristen Donovan, President, EVALCORP.

 

ICC 1

 Kristen Donovan, Kim O'Neil, Dan Hicks, Loretta Denering

> Read about the Conference

> Learn about the Overdose Program

Highlights from the Prescription Drug Pilot Project

By Gabe Teran, Operations Specialist, Youth Development Programs, Ventura County Office of Education

Gabe has worked in the field of adolescent alcohol and other drug prevention since 2003. He is a member of the Ventura County Rx Abuse & Heroin Workgroup and brings a focus on youth education and prevention. Ventura County Office of Education provided two secondary schools with support in Prescription Drug and Heroin prevention education measures. The Prescription Drug Media Campaign targeted high-school age youth, to impact awareness, prescription drug use and intended behaviors.

The Prescription Drug Pilot Project attempts to demonstrate changes in perception of harm, increased awareness of known risks, and associated levels of drug use. Parent brochures provide families with tips on identifying and understanding painkiller and heroin abuse.

> Download the PDF to read the full story

> Read about the High School Outreach Campaign

Tags:

Prescription Drug Take Back Day - October 27, 10am – 2pm

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.2 million Americans misused controlled

Rx DisposalHandout 4x9 Englprescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths. The Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. 

> Find disposal sites near you
> DEA National Rx Take Back Day Information

Ventura County will sue opioid makers and distributors to recoup expenses

Ventura County supervisors voted Tuesday to sue manufacturers, marketers and distributors of opioids, joining the large number of public entities across the nation lining up to recoup costs of treatment, law enforcement and other expenses linked to the addictive painkillers. Voting 5-0, the Board of Supervisors authorized the litigation that is expected to be decided in federal court. County officials say commonly misused opioids include Vicodin, OxyContin, tramadol and codeine. County Counsel Leroy Smith provided a list of potential defendants that included Purdue Pharma, Johnson & Johnson and other drug companies, along with about a dozen distribution companies. The list of distributors, which were defined as firms that get the drugs to market, included CVS Health Corp., Rite Aid and Walmart.

> Read Ventura County Star article

Opioid Awareness Month

Visit the Opioid Awareness Month display at the Ventura County Government Center Hall of Administration during the month of October.

 

med cabinet display crop

 

> Read the Opioid Medicine Cabinet Brochure

Surgeon General’s Spotlight on Opioids

The Office of the Surgeon General and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) developed this Spotlight on Opioids to provide the latest data on prevalence of substance use, opioid misuse, opioid use disorders, opioid overdoses, and related harms. The Spotlight on Opioids assembles opioid-related information from the Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health to better inform the general public, especially family and friends of people with an elevated risk of opioid overdose, opioid misuse, and/or opioid use disorder. Read the Spotlight on Opioids.

What You Need to Know About OPIOIDS

opioid handout englSee our newest publication, launched this month. This is a resource for parents and community members to help understand what opioids are, including prescription painkillers, fentanyl and heroin.

It offers advice on what you can do, and ways to access treatment services if you or someone you know may need help.

Remember:

> What You Need to Know About Opioids brochure

Prescription Drug Addiction: A National Epidemic…It Can Happen to Anyone - May 3

Join for an educational and provocative presentation and discussion about drugs, and how their abuse effects our lives and our community. The event is on Thursday, May 3rd at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. It features a panel of experts that will look at all aspects of addictions to opioids and prescription drugs. Robert Patterson, acting administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will deliver the keynote address in a program about the national and local epidemic. The DEA is partnering with the city, the Simi Valley Police Department, the FBI and Adventist Health Simi Valley to host this event. Simi Valley Police Chief David Livingstone will discuss how narcotics have affected the community and Julia Feig, director of the Simi Valley Hospital emergency room, will address the medical effects of opioid drug use. The film “Chasing the Dragon, the Life of an Opiate Addict” will be shown. Doors open at 6 PM and program starts at 7:00 PM.

> What You Need to Know About Opioids brochure

> In Simi Valley, DEA Acting Administrator Robert Patterson says opioid woes to worsen, VC Star, May 4, 2018

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day - April 28

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications and overdose deaths.
“Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. That's dangerous and often tragic. That's why it was great to see thousands of folks from across the country clean out their medicine cabinets and turn in - safely and anonymously - a record amount of prescription drugs.”

> DEA Take Back Day
> Disposal Bin Locations



©2018 Ventura County Behavioral Health • Hanstad Consulting • Website: Idea Engineering
< script type="text/javascript" src="//platform-api.sharethis.com/js/sharethis.js#property=5a949a9bd0dc0200130812f0&product=sticky-share-buttons">< /script >