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Santa Barbara County Opioid Safety Coalition

We are a local community coalition dedicated to saving lives and preventing opioid misuse through expanding public education and media outreach, enhancing opioid surveillance, preventing overdose and promoting Naloxone distribution, promoting safe disposal practices, encouraging early intervention, and expanding treatment access and recovery throughout Santa Barbara County.

Santa Barbara County Opioid Safety Coalition

We are a local community coalition dedicated to saving lives and preventing opioid misuse through expanding public education and media outreach, enhancing opioid surveillance, preventing overdose and promoting Naloxone distribution, promoting safe disposal practices, encouraging early intervention, and expanding treatment access and recovery throughout Santa Barbara County.

Welcome

The Santa Barbara County Opioid Safety Coalition is a local community coalition in Santa Barbara County dedicated to saving lives and preventing opioid misuse. The coalition was formed in 2018 to help coordinate local efforts to respond to the opioid crisis. You can learn more about us here. This website was created to bring attention to the opioid issue in our community and provide resources to individuals seeking treatment for an opioid use disorder for themselves or a loved one, as well as information and resources for behavioral health professionals, physicians, and policymakers.

Although we are all aware by now that there is an opioid crisis, the impact continues to escalate. In 2020, 1.4 million people nationwide used prescription painkillers non-medically for the first time. The average age of these users was 21. Four out of five people who are addicted to heroin report that their addiction began with prescription pills. Despite the epidemic of opioid abuse in America, only 1 in 10 people with a substance use disorder receive treatment.  Every community is being impacted, and Santa Barbara is no exception. Almost twice a week, someone in Santa Barbara County dies from an overdose involving opioids.

We hope you find this website useful and welcome your feedback and inquiries. You may contact us via email.

News and Updates

New Resource for Treatment Providers: MAT Toolkit

The Santa Barbara County Dept. of Behavioral Wellness has published a Toolkit for treatment providers in Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT) for patients with substance use disorders. The toolkit includes:

  • Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT)
  • Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD): Patient Overview
  • How to Talk About Medications for Addiction Treatment
  • Cultural Considerations in Medication for Addiction Treatment
  • Buprenorphine Outpatient Prescriber Guide
  • Clinical Supervision in Medications for Addiction Treatment

> Download the MAT Toolkit
> Visit our Resources for Professionals page

California Launches New Opioid Resource Website

In December, California launched a new, comprehensive opioid website—opioids.ca.gov— that gives Californians a single resource for prevention, data, treatment, and support information. The website is part of Governor Newsom’s multi-pronged approach to connect Californians with information to prevent and reduce overdoses and deaths and support those struggling with substance use and addiction.

California Launches Free Digital Behavioral Health Platforms for Children and Families

Launching as part of the state’s CalHOPE program, two new web- and a—based platforms will offer all California families with kids, tees, and your adults ages 0 – 25 free one-on-one support with a live wellness coach, a library of multimedia resources, wellness exercises, and peer communities moderated by trained behavioral health professionals to ensure content is appropriate and safe for all users.

BrightLife Kids, developed by Brightline, is for parents or caregivers and kids 0-12 years old. Soluna, developed by Kooth, is for teens and young adults ages 13-25. Families with multiple children whose ages span 0-25 can use both platforms to meet their unique needs. Each app will also offer coaching services in English and Spanish. BrightLife Kids is available for download on IOS devices in the Apple App Store and will be available for Android devices in mid-2024; it is also available online at CalHOPE. Soluna is available for both IOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. 

“Fentanyl Is Forever” Campaign 

In an effort to educate people in Santa Barbara County about the nationwide and local epidemic of fentanyl deaths, the Santa Barbara County Department of Behavioral Wellness has launched the “Fentanyl is Forever” campaign. The campaign’s website can be found at fentanylisforeversb.org.

The campaign, which features compelling videos from families and friends of victims, doctors, and health care administrators, seeks to convey how dangerous fentanyl is — much deadlier than other opioids: “Just a few grains of fentanyl are enough to kill you. Or your child.”

The campaign also includes ads on local television, radio, and social media. Spread the word…fentanyl is forever.

It’s OK Santa Barbara County:
A New Resource for Youth

 

“It’s OK Not to be OK.” That’s the message that youth concerned about their mental health want to share on a new website—oksbc.org—created by the County Dept. of Behavioral Wellness in collaboration with local youth.

It’s OK Santa Barbara County and the online OK Campus is a space for youth to open up about their struggles with mental health, substance misuse, anxiety, stress and other issues, and to find healthy ways and resources to cope.  Together, we can start the conversation to stop the social stigma attached to mental health and substance use disorders. With fentanyl poisonings and mental health concerns on the rise among youth in our community, this resource is more important than ever.

Visit our Youth Resources Page.

YOR Place Lompoc and Santa Maria

YOR Place is a youth drop-in center to address opioid and stimulant use disorders among youth ages 12-24 years old and their families.  Services are located at 425 W. Central Ave. in Lompoc and at 222 W. Carmen Lane, Suite 201 in Santa Maria.

For more information download the brochures and flyers below or email YORPlace@sbcbwell.org.

> Download YOR Place Lompoc Brochure in English
> Download YOR Place Lompoc Brochure in Spanish
> Download YOR Place Lompoc Flyer in English

> Download YOR Place Santa Maria Brochure in English
> Download YOR Place Santa Maria Brochure in Spanish

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Access Support Network Mobile Clinics in Santa Maria

ASN’s Moblie Clinic provides Narcan distribution and low barrier medication for Opioid Use Disorder (Suboxone). Abstinence is not required.

Thursdays, 9 am – 12 pm
Salvation Army
200 W. Cook St., Santa Maria

For more information call 805.994.0966
Download a Flyer

Santa Barbara County Residents Can Now Order Free Naloxone

Naloxone is a life-saving medication that can stop an opioid overdose, including overdoses from heroin, fentanyl, and prescription opioids. Naloxone is safe and easy to use. It is most often given as a nasal spray. Naloxone quickly stops an overdose by blocking the effects of opioids. It can restore normal breathing within 2 to 3 minutes in a person whose breath has slowed or stopped because of opioid overdose. More than one dose of naloxone may need to be given when stronger opioids like fentanyl are involved. Even after administering naloxone to someone overdosing, they will need medical help.

Thanks to a new effort launched by the Santa Barbara County Department of Behavioral Wellness, community members may request Naloxone at no cost for personal use by completing the Naloxone Now SB request form, or by calling (805) 681-5323. Requests will be processed within two business days and mailed within 3-5 business days.

Sheriff’s Office Launches Free Narcan Distribution Program

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a FREE Narcan Distribution Program at Sheriff’s substations throughout the county. Members of the public are not required to provide personal information to participate.

Locations:
Goleta Valley Patrol Bureau

City of Goleta Police Department
4434 Calle Real
Santa Barbara, CA 93110

Isla Vista Foot Patrol
6504 Trigo Rd.
Isla Vista, CA 93117

Lompoc Valley Sheriff’s Station
3500 Harris Grade Rd.
Lompoc, CA 93436

Buellton Sheriff’s Station
City of Buellton Police Department
140 W. Highway 246
Buellton, CA 93427

Santa Maria Sheriff’s Station
812 W. Foster Rd.
Santa Maria, CA 93455

Santa Ynez Valley Station
City of Solvang Police Department
1745 Mission Dr.
Solvang, CA 93463

For more information about naloxone visit the California Department of Public Health website.

Download a flyer here.

Who Should Carry Naloxone?

  • If you or someone you know is at increased risk for opioid overdose, especially those struggling with opioid use disorder (OUD), you should carry naloxone and keep it at home.
  • People who are taking high-dose opioid medications (greater or equal to 50 morphine milligram equivalents per day) prescribed by a doctor
  • People who use opioids and benzodiazepines together
  • People who use illicit opioids like heroin should all carry naloxone

Carrying naloxone is no different than carrying an EpiPen® for someone with allergies. It simply provides an extra layer of protection for those at a higher risk for overdose. Most states have laws that may protect a person who is overdosing or a person who calls for help.

Know the Signs of Overdose:

  • Difficult to wake up
  • Slowed breathing
  • Confusion
  • Blue or pale lips and fingernails

If you notice these signs, call 911 immediately and give naloxone. 

The FDA has approved Naloxone to be available without a prescription. Learn more about Narcan and Overdose Response here.

Xylazine: A New Risk for Drug Overdoses and Poisonings

Xylazine is an animal tranquilizer which is reaching the US illicit drug supply (“on the street”) where it is known as “tranq” or “tranq dope.” Xylazine has been linked to an increasing number of overdose deaths nationwide. Some people who use drugs are taking xylazine knowingly in combination with other drugs, especially fentanyl. Other people who use drugs are not aware their drug supply contains xylazine at all.The effects of xylazine alone are not reversed by naloxone, and unfortunately there is no reversal drug for it.

Xylazine is still a new and emerging issue in California, and there is no evidence to suggest that xylazine is common in California’s drug supply at this time (March 23, 2023). However, the U.S. illicit drug supply is unpredictable and experts are concerned that xylazine may eventually penetrate the California drug supply, increasing instances of fatal overdose and serious skin infections.

Learn more here.

Download briefs about Xylazine for health care and treatment providers from CDPH and from SAMHSA.

Understanding Opioid Use Disorder

Opioids are meant to be used for the treatment of acute (short-term) pain, but they act in many ways in the brain and can be highly addictive. Unfortunately, these brain changes and the development of tolerance and withdrawal are not under a person’s control. The good news is that addiction to opioids is a treatable condition now medically recognized as Opioid Use Disorder.

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

MAT is an approach that combines medication with support to address the behaviors and compulsive patterns that are associated with opioid addiction. Just as heart disease is treated using medication and lifestyle changes, MAT for Opioid Use Disorder, using the same approach, has proven to be the most effective way of helping a person get off of opioids and get back their life and health.

Find a Treatment Provider

Explore your treatment options and find a treatment provider that's right for your needs. Providers include doctors who prescribe Medication-Assisted Treatment and Behavioral Health providers who can help with therapeutic behavioral interventions, support your mental wellness, and address co-occurring mental health issues. Most providers accept Medi-Cal and insurance.

Recovery Support

Recovery support is the replacement of people, places and things that encourages substance abuse with positive support from friends and family, peers and treatment programs that encourage healthy lifestyles. That’s why recovery services are provided as part of all treatment services and include alumni groups, peer supports, professional check-ins and self-help group attendance.

Pain Management

Chronic pain can be devastating, and effective pain management is essential to get your life back. Opioids are not the first-line treatment for chronic pain. Talk to your doctor about ways to manage your pain that don’t involve prescription opioids, such as non-opioid pain relievers and certain anti-depressants, physical therapy and exercise, biofeedback, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Overdose Response

Opioid overdoses can often be reversed by administering Naloxone, an FDA-approved drug that can be given via intranasal spray or subcutaneous or intravenous injection. You can learn how to recognize the signs of an overdose and what to do in the case of an emergency. Learn where to get Naloxone and how to be prepared if you or someone you know has an Opioid Use Disorder.

Understanding Opioid Use Disorder

Opioids are meant to be used for the treatment of acute (short-term) pain, but they act in many ways in the brain and can be highly addictive. Unfortunately, these brain changes and the development of tolerance and withdrawal are not under a person’s control. The good news is that addiction to opioids is a treatable condition now medically recognized as Opioid Use Disorder.

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

MAT is an approach that combines medication with support to address the behaviors and compulsive patterns that are associated with opioid addiction. Just as heart disease is treated using medication and lifestyle changes, MAT for Opioid Use Disorder, using the same approach, has proven to be the most effective way of helping a person get off of opioids and get back their life and health.

Find a Treatment Provider

Explore your treatment options and find a treatment provider that's right for your needs. Providers include doctors who prescribe Medication-Assisted Treatment and Behavioral Health providers who can help with therapeutic behavioral interventions, support your mental wellness, and address co-occurring mental health issues. Most providers accept Medi-Cal and insurance.

Recovery Support

Recovery support is the replacement of people, places and things that encourages substance abuse with positive support from friends and family, peers and treatment programs that encourage healthy lifestyles. That’s why recovery services are provided as part of all treatment services and include alumni groups, peer supports, professional check-ins and self-help group attendance.

Pain Management

Chronic pain can be devastating, and effective pain management is essential to get your life back. Opioids are not the first-line treatment for chronic pain. Talk to your doctor about ways to manage your pain that don’t involve prescription opioids, such as non-opioid pain relievers and certain anti-depressants, physical therapy and exercise, biofeedback, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Overdose Response

Opioid overdoses can often be reversed by administering Naloxone, an FDA-approved drug that can be given via intranasal spray or subcutaneous or intravenous injection. You can learn how to recognize the signs of an overdose and what to do in the case of an emergency. Learn where to get Naloxone and how to be prepared if you or someone you know has an Opioid Use Disorder.

How Are Opioids Affecting Santa Barbara County?

Almost twice a week, someone in Santa Barbara County dies from an overdose involving opioids. A review of data from the county coroner showed that 130 overdose deaths in 2023 involved opioids. Fentanyl was involved in 86% of these deaths. From  2018 to 2021, there were at least 1,101 overdose reversals from Naloxone administration, according to self-report data, and in 2021, naloxone saved 727 lives of individuals who called 911 due to an opioid overdose.  Please visit our Data Dashboard to learn more and stay up-to-date on the impact of opioids in Santa Barbara County.

How Can You Get Involved?

Please explore this website’s  continually updated resources for youth, parents and families, physicians and behavioral health professionals, and policymakers.

Learn more about how the coalition is tackling this issue and how you can help by ensuring you safely dispose of presciption medications and keep them secure at home.

How Are Opioids Affecting Santa Barbara County?

Almost twice a week, someone in Santa Barbara County dies from an overdose involving opioids. A review of data from the county coroner showed that 130 overdose deaths in 2023 involved opioids. Fentanyl was involved in 86% of these deaths. From  2018 to 2021, there were at least 1,101 overdose reversals from Naloxone administration, according to self-report data, and in 2021, naloxone saved 727 lives of individuals who called 911 due to an opioid overdose. Please visit our Data Dashboard to learn more and stay up-to-date on the impact of opioids in Santa Barbara County.

How Can You Get Involved?

Please explore this website’s  continually updated resources for youth, parents and families, physicians and behavioral health professionals, and policymakers.

Learn more about how the coalition is tackling this issue and how you can help by ensuring you safely dispose of presciption medications and keep them secure at home.

Coalition Member Organizations