National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit 2019
April 22, 2019
Saving Lives: Ventura County’s Overdose Prevention ProgramThe Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit is the largest national collaboration of professionals from local, state, and federal agencies, business, academia, treatment providers, and allied communities impacted by prescription drug abuse and heroin use.
This year Ventura County Behavioral Health presented “Saving Lives: Ventura County’s Overdose Prevention Program.” Presenters included Loretta Denering, DrPH, MS, Chief, Alcohol and Drug Programs Division, Kristen Donovan, PhD, Evalcorp, Research & Consulting, Daniel Hicks, Manager, Prevention Services, and Ashley Nettles, Overdose Prevention Program.
The Overdose Prevention Program was designed to address the opioid epidemic locally by providing response training and naloxone kits to individuals with an elevated risk of experiencing an overdose or those likely to come into contact with someone who may experience overdose. The program provides overdose education to substance users, their families and key public agencies, to generate actionable data. The program launched in 2014 through the county’s Rx Abuse & Heroin Workgroup to reduce opioid-related deaths at a local level. Core components of the program include overdose prevention, recognition, and response education, as well as kit tracking and utilization data.
As of February 2019, over 3,020 Overdose Rescue Kits have been distributed countywide and 563 Lives Saved!
> See the Overdose Prevention Program Video