Opioid Solutions Summit
Join us in August to discuss the Rx and Heroin issue in Ventura County. Learn about Ventura County's response to the growing problem of prescription pain medication and heroin abuse. Labeled a nationwide crisis and epidemic, reports from professionals and the community made it clear that this region was far from immune. Confronting prescription drug and heroin abuse is essential to protecting the public health and safety of all Ventura County residents.
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Ventura Beach Marriott
2055 E Harbor Blvd., Ventura, CA 993001
Keynote Speaker: Sam Quinones
Journalist and author of Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic
Keynote Speaker Sam Quinones author of Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic. A 2015 National Book Critics Circle award winner for the Best Nonfiction Book, recounts twin stories of drug marketing in the 21st Century: A pharmaceutical corporation flogs its legal new opiate prescription painkiller as non-addictive.
Featured Speaker: Danny Trejo
Featured Speaker Danny Trejo, Iconic actor, producer and recovery advocate. Danny has developed a prolific career in the movie business, yet his road to success has been hard earned and anything but typical. From imprisonment to helping young people battle drug addiction, acting to producing, the name, face, and achievements of Danny Trejo are well recognized in Hollywood.
Breakout - Track 1
REDUCING THE LOCAL TOLL
Research, Rescue and Recovery
Ventura County loses more than 85 residents each year - nearly two per week - to accidental overdose. What do we know about the scope of the problems locally, and what is being done to respond? This session features four domains of action:
- Measuring What Matters
- Preventing Accidental Overdose
- Protecting Youth and Families
- Supporting Recovery
Breakout - Track 2
PRESCRIPTION FOR CHANGE
The New Normal in Opioid Prescribing
“With a 10-day supply of opioids, 1 in 5 people become long-term users.”
- Andrew Kolodny, MD, Physiscians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing
With over 2,500 Ventura County prescribers and dispensers of medication, how are we coping with changes in CDC safe prescribing guidelines? Join us for up-to-date information and resources.
Breakout - Track 3
THE INTERSECTION OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AND HEALTHCARE
Reducing Opioid Supply and Demand
As communities across the nation struggle with the opioid epidemic, the review of prescribing patterns and their relationship to criminal investigations has received increased focus. While experts agree that we “cannot arrest our way out of the problem,” strategic use of data and legal precedents have been shown to help interdiction efforts, which are critical components to driving down the local supply and availability of controlled substances. This session is only open to law enforcement and medical professionals with identification only
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