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Santa Barbara 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 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 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. Nationally, 1.4 million people used prescription painkillers non-medically for the first time in the past year. 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. About once 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

National Fentanyl Awareness Day

The first ever National Fentanyl Awareness Day will take place on May 10, 2022. The virtual event is designed to inform the American public about illicit fentanyl in fake pills and street drugs. The call to action is to “Learn and Share.” The website provides six Facts About Fentanyl that can be shared to social media with a couple of clicks. Please join and spread the word on May 10! Learn more.

Free Narcan Distribution to the Community of Lompoc

YOR Place
May 20, 3:30 – 5:30 PM
While Supplies Last

Public Health Nurse on Site
Learn more about Narcan and Overdose Response here.

YOR Place Lompoc

YOR Place Lompoc is a youth drop-in center located in the City of Lompoc to address opioid and stimulant use disorders among youth ages 12-24 years old and their families.  Services are located adjacent to the Family Service Agency at 646 N. H Street.

YOR Place Lompoc is supported by a federal grant under the State Opioid Response program, with funding provided by the California Department of Health Care Services.

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

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North County Opioid Coalition 

Santa Barbara County Alcohol and Drug Programs is facilitating the North County Opioid Coalition to address the opioid and associated stimulant use epidemic in the Santa Maria and Lompoc regions of the county.  Stakeholders are meeting monthly from local hospitals, the County Public Health Department, substance use treatment programs and other community agencies and organizations to develop strategies to address and combat the opioid and stimulant problem in the North and West County regions. Visit our About Us page for a list of current members.

Opioid Overdose Deaths Among Teens Have Skyrocketed Due to Fentanyl

April 12, 2022 – By Eli Cahan

Fentanyl was associated with 77% of adolescent overdose deaths in 2021. Opioid overdose deaths in adolescents rose far more rapidly than the general population between 2019 and 2021, according to a new study of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.

The study found that deaths from opioid overdoses in teens ages 14 to 18 increased by 94% between 2019 and 2020 and by an additional 20% between 2020 and 2021.

>Read the full article here

Stanford-Lancet Report Calls for Sweeping Reforms to Mitigate Opioid Crisis 

February 2, 2022 – By Tracie White

The opioid epidemic is projected to claim 1.22 million U.S. lives this decade without new efforts to stem the crisis, according to a report that traces the roots of the problem and offers in-depth solutions.

The report, two years in the making, calls for immediate action to quell the rising tide of addiction and overdose deaths in the United States and Canada, especially now that the pandemic has pushed the crisis to new heights.

The commission’s recommendations include improving or changing regulations, building enduring medical care systems for those with substance-abuse disorders, minimizing adverse effects of the criminal justice system, and preventing the North American crisis from spreading globally.

Read the full article here.

AMA Releases New Report on Opioid Prescriptions and Overdose Deaths

September 21, 2021.

Over the past decade, there has been a 44.4% decrease in opioid prescribing nationwide, according to a new report from the American Medical Association (AMA). Yet, the nation continues to see increases in overdose mainly due to illicit fentanyl, fentanyl analogs, methamphetamine and cocaine, To address this continuing epidemic, the AMA is urging policymakers to join physicians to reduce mortality and improve patient outcomes by removing barriers to evidence-based care, by acting now to:

  • Stop prior authorization for medications to treat opioid use disorder.

  • Ensure access to affordable, evidence-based care for patients with pain, including opioid therapy when indicated. While opioid prescriptions have decreased, the AMA is greatly concerned by widespread reports of patients with pain being denied care because of arbitrary restrictions on opioid therapy or a lack of access to affordable non-opioid pain care.

  • Take action to better support harm reduction services such as naloxone and needle and syringe exchange services.

  • Improve the data by collecting adequate, standardized data to identify and treat at-risk populations and better understand the issues facing communities.
Read the full article here.

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 101 overdose deaths in 2021 involved opioids. Fentanyl was involved in 74% of these deaths. Over the past four years (2018-2021), there have been at least 1,101 overdose reversals from Naloxone administration, according to self-report data. 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 101 overdose deaths in 2021 involved opioids. Most of these deaths (74%) were due to Fentanyl. Over the past three years (2018-2020), there have been at least 1,101 overdose reversals from Naloxone administration, according to self-report data. 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