Prescription & OTC Drugs: Preventing Overdose

Drug overdoses have surpassed motor vehicle and firearm fatalities as the leading cause of injury deaths in America.

Drug overdose deaths and opioid-involved deaths continue to increase in the United States. The majority of drug overdose deaths (more than six out of ten) involve an opioid. Since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids (including prescription opioids and heroin) quadrupled. From 2000-2015 more than half a million people died from drug overdoses. 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.We now know that overdoses from prescription opioids are a driving factor in the 15-year increase in opioid overdose deaths.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Ventura County Overdose Prevention Program

Naloxone is a safe and legal antidote to reverse an opioid overdose. It neutralizes the opioids (prescription pain meds, heroin or methadone), reverses the possible fatal side effects and helps someone breathe again. The Overdose Prevention Program works to educate family, friends, and loved ones about opioid overdose prevention. Targeted to groups at elevated risk for overdose, data collection helps to guide education and distribution. The Ventura County Rx Abuse & Heroin Workgroup, in partnership with Project SAFER, provides outreach, training and rescue kits to the Ventura County community.

Local Results 

As of April 2018

  • 2,058 overdose rescue kits distributed countywide
  • 29 distribution/education sites
  • 301 lives saved!

Learn More

Get support. Talk to your health care provider, school counselor, prevention/treatment professional, friends or family. For confidential treatment services CALL 1-844-385-9200.

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